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    Default Screw it vs. Nail it

    Hi, last week we wondered in our english class about these two idiomatic verbs - why if you success at something you "nail it" but if you fail you "screw it"? Literal meaning is nearly the same
    Even our english teacher had no idea. Thanks for suggestions!

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    Default Re: Screw it vs. Nail it

    Quote Originally Posted by uRandom View Post
    Hi, last week we wondered in our English class about these two idiomatic verbs - why if you succeed at something you "nail it" but if you fail you "screw it up"? Literal meaning is nearly the same
    Even our English teacher had no idea. Thanks for suggestions!
    Look up the phrasal verb "screw up".

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    Default Re: Screw it vs. Nail it

    Quote Originally Posted by uRandom View Post
    Literal meaning is nearly the same
    The fact that the literal meanings are close doesn't necessarily have any effect on idiomatic meanings, which by definition differ from their literal counterparts.

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