One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
phrasal verbNorth American
Completely mismanage or mishandle a situation.‘I'm sorry, Susan, I screwed up’
- ‘He's called me on the phone, or pulled me aside when he thought I was screwing up.’
- ‘The editors are the managers, so if the paper systematically screws up, it's down to them, not the reporters.’
- ‘In any other situation, if an employee screws up, they get fired.’
- ‘For most of my life, I've been in situations where people expect me to screw up.’
- ‘I'm thinking a majority of us would rather be governed by a real human than a bunch of people who never admit to actually screwing up.’
- ‘What I love is when the accountant screws up on a simple piece of multiplication.’
- ‘If Clark screws up, the establishment is going to look pretty silly.’
- ‘And I know I don't hesitate to call him out when I think he's screwing up.’
- ‘What am I going to tell my daughter when she screws up?’
- ‘Hey, an occasional friendship flub is no biggie - everybody screws up.’
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