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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of screw up.
  • adj. Having been screwed into a ball.
  • adj. Broken, damaged, inoperative or having only partial functioning, especially by inept handling.
  • adj. Having psychological problems; being mentally distraught.


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  • Lacklander shook his head and screwed up his eyes.

    Scales of Justice

  • But when the commander of a TOW detachment, his Ml 13 lying hidden and by-passed by the Soviet tanks, screwed up all his courage and, with a quaking heart, gave the order to fire at 100 metres at a T72, a deadly blow was struck.

    First Clash

  • Her face screwed up into an expression of distaste, and not just because it was disgusting.

    Kiss of a Demon King

  • You still have dreams of going home, unlike those of us who screwed up and have to make the best of tings.

    Surrender the Dark

  • Mr. Poyser was leaning forward, with his elbows on his knees, his head on one side, and his mouth screwed up — apparently absorbed in making the tips of his fingers meet so as to represent with perfect accuracy the ribs of a ship.

    Adam Bede

  • She had screwed up her honey-gold eyes, her freckled nose wrinkling.

    Mistress For A Weekend

  • Glimpses of slat-shadowed faces, screwed up in rage.

    Ellen Hopkins: Crank Trilogy

  • Brewster attempted to cover our violation by telling the flight-line mechanics he had screwed up the landing.

    Riding Rockets

  • God better help us if we screwed up anything because management would shish-kebab our testicles if we did.

    Riding Rockets

  • He now sat in second, because Marshall Tilghman had screwed up his reload in the Buffalo Gulch thing, and Two-Gun Jack had had a couple of misfires—his own handloads!

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set


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