1. of an object, plan or scheme, a disaster, a failure.
|DAUL 187/2: Screw-up, n. A mix-up; any disruption of plans as the result of a blunder, treachery, or ill luck.et al.|
|Scrambled Yeggs 11: Till you start losing a few grand on a screw-up?|
|(con. 1920s) South of Heaven (1994) 73: We don’t want another screw-up in the morning.|
|Serial 14: Everybody knew [...] that the rational mind was a screw-up.|
|A-Team 2 (1984) 64: I’m sure it was a screw-up at the flowershop.|
|Night Gardener 308: It was your screw-up [...] You should have Grand Juried her.|
|Pulp Ink [ebook] Okay, looks like you took care of that particular screw-up.‘Corpse by Any Other Name’ in|
|Vanity Fair 16 Mar. [Internet] Using the easily traceable Mercedes instead was a major screwup.|
2. of a person, a failure, an incompetent.
|M*A*S*H (2004) 133: We’re just a bunch of screwups from up the line.|
|Guardian Guide 29 May–4 June 52: These three screw-ups have survived every kind of [...] calamity known to man.|
|Pound for Pound 319: That kind of thinkin makes you a screw-up.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 82: I’m not half the screwup I probably sound like.|