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- (transitive) To tighten or secure with screws.
- (transitive) To raise (rent, fees, etc.) to extortionate levels.
- 1942: As far as was possible he kept his subjects as mindless fighting-cocks, troops that could be promised to one power if there was a chance of screwing up another power to a bugger subsidy. — Rebecca West. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 1052)
- (transitive) To twist into a contorted state
- The baby screwed up his face and began to bawl.
- (transitive, dated) To squint.
- (transitive, colloquial) To make a mess of; to ruin.
- (intransitive, colloquial) To blunder; to make a mistake.
- See also Wikisaurus:make a mistake
to tighten or secure with screws
to raise to extortionate levels
colloquial: to make a mess of; to ruin
colloquial: to blunder
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