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Definition 1: twist into a strained configuration - [verb of body]

Samples where screw up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • screw up one's face

(screw up is a kind of ...) contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state

"He grimaced when he saw the amount of homework he had to do"

Definition 2: make more intense - [verb of change]

Samples where screw up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Emotions were screwed up

Synonyms for screw up in the sense of this definition

(screw up is a kind of ...) make more intense, stronger, or more marked

"The efforts were intensified" "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her" "Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness" "This event only deepened my convictions"

Definition 3: screw or turn higher - [verb of contact]

(screw up is a kind of ...) turn like a screw

Samples where screw up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I botched the dinner and we had to eat out
  • the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement

Synonyms for screw up in the sense of this definition

(screw up is a kind of ...) be unsuccessful

"Where do today's public schools fail?" "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"

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