Definitions for: Screw Up


[v] twist into a strained configuration; "screw up one's face"
[v] make more intense; "Emotions were screwed up"
[v] screw or turn higher
[v] make a mess of, destroy or ruin



Synonyms: ball up, blow, bobble, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, botch, botch up, bumble, bungle, flub, fluff, foul up, fuck up, fumble, heat up, hot up, louse up, mess up, mishandle, muck up, muff, spoil

See Also: compound, deepen, fail, go wrong, grimace, heighten, intensify, make a face, miscarry, pull a face, screw




Famous Quotes Containing Screw Up:


Of course I've got lawyers. They are like nuclear weapons, I've got em 'cause everyone else has. But as soon as you use them they screw everything up.

-- Danny DeVito (American Actor)

Miserable is a good thing, though. If you start the day miserable, nobody else can screw up your day.

-- Jake Roberts (American Celebrity)

A friend of mine once told me that I can't screw up when I play my own music. I also take voice lessons, play other peoples' songs out of music books, and occasionally figure out how to play other people's music from records. This keeps my ears, fingers, and mind working.

-- Lisa Loeb (American Musician)

This stammer got me a home in Beverly Hills, and I'm not about to screw with it now.

-- Bob Newhart (American Comedian)

I don't believe you have to have eating disorders and mental illness to screw up.

-- Kirstie Alley (American Actress)

So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don't sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.

-- Lee Iacocca (American Businessman)

I admire people who just do the right thing, not looking to screw people up. I love all people.

-- Jessica Hahn (American Celebrity)

As they say around the Texas Legislature, if you can't drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against 'em anyway, you don't belong in office.

-- Molly Ivins (American Journalist)

Screw them. Yeah. But not literally. I'm not advocating promiscuity.

-- Mark Hoppus (American Musician)

Being rewarded for anything other than the quality of their work is the fastest way to screw-up a writer-and it isn't only new ones who suffer from that.

-- Greg Egan (Australian Scientist)

You're torn between wanting to fill in all the spaces and knowing that's really going to screw up the screenplay. And yet, how are you going to communicate it to people who really don't understand the process?

-- Robert Towne (American Actor)

You know what, when you screw up in the ring, it's so embarrassing.

-- Jake Roberts (American Celebrity)

They're guys who want to screw around all the time, which interests me not at all. God knows we've done that, been there, and we don't want to do that any more.

-- Lauren Bacall (American Actress)

I think it has sullied his presidency. As brilliant a politician as Bill Clinton is, as magnetic a personality as he can be, there is one little screw loose somewhere.

-- Morley Safer (Canadian Journalist)

Also, I plan to screw something up on every movie I do so that I can learn from my mistakes and become a better director with each project.

-- Richard King ( Director)

We forget the little things, so it's no wonder some of us screw up the big things.

-- Neil Cavuto (American Journalist)

Now, therefore, the Directors of the company are hereby ordered to see that precautions are taken to make travel on said railroad perfectly safe by using a screw with at least twenty-four inches diameter.

-- Joshua A. Norton (American Celebrity)

Prithee don't screw your wit beyond the compass of good manners.

-- Colley Cibber (English Playwright)

It's a mood record. Like one night you're going to be down in the dumps depressed because you're thinking about your ex-boyfriend and the next moment you're gonna be like screw him you know? And the next one you're saying to yourself "God I'm in love."

-- Willa Ford (American Musician)

I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.

-- George Carlin (American Comedian)

Cham is the only thing to screw one up when one is down a peg.

-- Anthony Trollope (English Author)

Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up.

-- Bob Lemon (American Athlete)

I'd loved to wear jeans and t-shirts, but everybody was in the peace movement back then. And that was my ploy. I had to be careful not to say things like 'I like meat.' Actually I just wanted to drink beer and to screw.

-- Ed O'Neill (American Actor)

The way to screw up somebody's life is to give them what they want.

-- Patrick Swayze (American Actor)

I did this film for less money than it costs to stay in this hotel. We shot it in 20 days. We couldn't screw up takes for fun because we didn't have enough film.

-- Dean Cain (American Actor)

We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes - understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success.

-- Arianna Huffington (American Journalist)

There is a very good chance I could have been a screw-up for the rest of my life.

-- Brandon Thomas (British Actor)

Being a working mom is not easy. You have to be willing to screw up at every level.

-- Jami Gertz (American Actress)

We were not allowed to say, Screw, but we could say, Hump the hostess, because hump is in Shakespeare.

-- Uta Hagen (German Actress)

Every nut who kills people has a Bible lying around. If you're looking for violent rape imagery, the Bible's right there in your hotel room. If you just want to look up ways to screw people up, there it is, and you're justified because God told you to.

-- Penn Jillette (American Entertainer)

I don't have a computer - I don't like to get into it that much 'cause it can screw with your head a little.

-- James Marsters (American Actor)

People just expect you to show up, be a cartoon character of yourself, take your money and go home. But don't screw up to the point where you're gonna be out of the picture.

-- Jimmy Chamberlin (American Musician)

I feel there are two people inside me - me and my intuition. If I go against her, she'll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely.

-- Kim Basinger (American Actress)

I have too much respect for the characters I play to make them anything but as real as they can possibly be. I have a great deal of respect for all of them, otherwise I wouldn't do them. And I don't want to screw them by not portraying them honestly.

-- Kyra Sedgwick (American Actress)

You can either look at things in a brutal, truthful way that's depressing, or you can screw around and have fun.

-- David Spade (American Actor)


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