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English verb: screw up

1. screw up (change) make more intense


SamplesEmotions were screwed up.


Synonymsheat up, hot up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)compound, deepen, heighten, intensify

2. screw up (social) make a mess of, destroy or ruin


SamplesI botched the dinner and we had to eat out.
The pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement.


Synonymsball up, blow, bobble, bodge, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, botch, botch up, bumble, bungle, flub, fluff, foul up, fuck up, fumble, louse up, mess up, mishandle, muck up, muff, spoil


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)fail, go wrong, miscarry

3. screw up (contact) screw or turn higher


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)screw

4. screw up (body) twist into a strained configuration


SamplesScrew up one's face.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)grimace, make a face, pull a face









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