Etymology
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screwed (adj.)

1640s, "strained or forced to the highest pitch" (a sense now obsolete;" past-participle adjective from screw (v.) By 1690s, of the face, eyes, etc., "twisted, contracted;" by 1770 as "attached or fastened with screws;" slang sense of "drunk, intoxicated" is by 1833. The verbal phrase screwed up earlier meant "tuned to a high or precise pitch" (1907), a figurative image from the pegs of stringed instruments; the meaning "confused, muddled" is attested by 1943.

updated on March 02, 2022

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