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    Screw up

    Hi All,

    I'd like to know how to use the phrasal verb "Screw up" in daily life....I always hear this phrasal verb but I don't know how to use it properly....please advise.

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    Re: Screw up

    With pleasure!

    You are a total screw up!

    You totally screwed up!

    This situation is a royal screw up!

    You have screwed up so bad we may not be able to fix it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by timjphillips View Post
    With pleasure!

    You are a total screw up!

    You totally screwed up!

    This situation is a royal screw up!

    You have screwed up so bad we may not be able to fix it!

    Hi timjphilips, screw up means mess up, right? I heard that screw up has another meaning which is related to sex, so I am so afraid to use this phrasal word, could you please explain more and how to use it properly? I don't want to misuse this phrasal word. Thanks.

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    Re: Screw up

    The word "screw" is a synonym for sex. Not "screw up."

    However, if you say the someone screwed someone else, it could mean that he had sex with her (genders made up, she might screw him or vice versa) or it could mean that he did something underhanded to caused that other person to lose something of value.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    But even the primary meaning of screw is rotate, as in a screwdriver's function.

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    Re: Screw up

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The word "screw" is a synonym for sex. Not "screw up."

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    There is a phrasal verb in this area, that you may want to avoid though: to 'bang* up' is to impregnate. There's also a phrasal verb that can have nothing to do with sex - to 'screw around'.

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    PS K's right ( in the next post). We say 'knock up' too. The phrasal verb 'bang up' is what a prison guard does to the prisoners: 'It ain't right - the screws (=prison guards) keep us banged up 23 hours a day and only let us out to...' (the rest of the example is perhaps best left unsaid).
    Last edited by BobK; 26-Nov-2009 at 18:11. Reason: Correction

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    Re: Screw up

    We say "knock up."

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    We say "knock up."
    We do too I've corrected my former post.

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    It happens to the best of us.

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    #10

    Re: Screw up

    Wait, in the UK, to have sex is to "knock up"? That means pregnant in the US.

    She's knocked up. (That was after she screwed that guy in the parking lot. Boy, doing that sure was a screw up!)

    The only US meaning of "Banged up" is how you look after you've been in an accident or had a fight. Does "banged up" mean "locked up"?
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