Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “screw sb up”

screw sb up

informal phrasal verb with screw     /skruː/ verb
When bad experiences or people screw you up, they make you worried and unhappy or damage your personality: It really screwed him up when he saw his friend get killed.Science of psychology and psychoanalysisMind and personalityMaking people sad, shocked and upset
(Definition of screw sb up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of screw sb up

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Science of psychology & psychoanalysis, but you might be interested in these topics from the Psychology, psychiatry, & psychoanalysis topic area:

Translations of “screw sb up”

Word of the Day

altruistic

showing a wish to help or bring advantages to others, even if it results in disadvantage for yourself

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More