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  • 1 informal (Of a person) emotionally disturbed; neurotic: the screwed-up children of wealthy parents
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    • I got on well with him but he was just a really screwed-up person.
    • He affirmed that all we have on this planet are conflicted, screwed-up people, so he has the right to be screwed up too.
    • She was, essentially, the most screwed-up person he had ever met.
  • 1.1(Of an event or a situation) spoiled by being badly managed or carried out: that was the most screwed-up audition
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    • At every level, they have discovered or rediscovered that dropping an active duty force into a screwed-up situation unscrews it pretty fast.
    • She herself had put forward the option that made his whole screwed-up situation so much easier.
    • So it goes through screwed-up adventure after screwed-up adventure, all leading up to this!
  • 2chiefly British (Of paper or fabric) crumpled or crushed into a ball: a screwed-up paper bag
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    • I was about to throw a piece of screwed-up paper into the yellow jug which serves as waste-paper basket.
    • Children in ragged clothes made the most of the daylight hours, playing football with screwed-up balls of cloth and grass just beyond the bus station.
    • From his jacket pocket he pulls a fistful of screwed-up scraps of paper - a bus ticket, a cappuccino receipt, a 1997 pledge card, a picture of Gordon Brown, and more.
  • 2.1(Of a person’s face or eyes) crumpled, especially because of worry or effort: everyone looks ugly with red-rimmed eyes and a screwed-up face
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    • I saw the faces of my children flashing on the back of my screwed-up eyes and I wished I didn't.
    • What struck me most, however, given my day of finger-pointing, screwed-up faces and unreceptive ears, was how the speaker came to explain Pollock's work in the simplest of terms.
    • ‘Your grandfather's eyes, your grandmother's mouth,’ an aunt said one Christmas, breathing into my screwed-up face.

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