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screwed up



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screwed up
     1. v. simple past tense and past participle of screw up
     2. adj. (of a piece of paper) Having been screwed into a ball.
     3. adj. (idiomatic, colloquial) Broken, damaged, inoperative or having only partial functioning, especially by inept handling.
           That's a really screwed up car.
     4. adj. (idiomatic, colloquial) Having psychological problems; being mentally distraught or damaged.
           She's been a really screwed up girl since her boyfriend left her.
Analysis
screwed
     1. adj. (slang) fucked, beset with unfortunate circumstances that seem difficult or impossible to overcome; in imminent danger.
           They found out about our betrayal, so now we're screwed.
     2. adj. (slang) intoxicated.
     3. v. simple past tense and past participle of screw
           He screwed the boards together tightly.
     screw
          1. n. A device that has a helical function.
          2. n.          A simple machine, a helical inclined plane.
          3. n.          A (usually) metal fastener consisting of a shank partially or completely threaded shank, sometimes with a threaded point, and a head used to both hold
          4. n.          (nautical) A ship's propeller.
          5. n.          An Archimedes screw.
up
     1. adv. Away from the surface of the Earth or other planet; in opposite direction to the downward pull of gravity.
           I looked up and saw the airplane overhead.
     2. adv. (intensifier) Used as an aspect marker to indicate a completed action or state Thoroughly, completely.
           I will mix up the puzzle pieces.
           Tear up the contract.

Example Sentences

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