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See also: screw-up and screw up


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From the verb phrase screw up.


screwup (plural screwups)

  1. (colloquial) A substantial mistake, usually causing problems for more people than just the person or group who made it.
    • 1977, John Osborne, White House watch: the Ford years‎, page 147:
      The Ford administration emerged in better shape than it deserved from the fantastic screw-up that preceded the release of the Rockefeller...
  2. (colloquial) A person who often makes substantial mistakes; a bungler.
  3. (colloquial) A person who is mentally or emotionally damaged.