Why do people say screwed the pooch?

It came there from a Yale graduate named John Rawlings who helped design the astronauts' space suits. The phrase is actually a bastardization of an earlier, more vulgar and direct term which was slang for doing something very much the wrong way, as in "you are fucking the dog!"

What do you mean by screw you?

screw you. (vulgar) A slightly less offensive version of fuck you. You'll just lie in your bed all day rather than help us? Well, screw you. Screw you—go annoy someone else!
  • What is the definition of screw it?

    Slang meaning "to copulate" dates from at least 1725, originally usually of the action of the male, on the notion of driving a screw into something. Meaning "defraud, cheat" is from 1900. First recorded 1949 in exclamations as a euphemism. Related: Screwed; screwing. To screw up "blunder" is recorded from 1942.
  • What is the definition of a screw up?

    adjective. If you say that someone is screwed up, you mean that they are very confused or worried, or that they have psychological problems. [informal] He was really screwed up with his emotional problems.
  • What is the meaning of don't mess up with me?

    — phrasal verb with mess uk ? /mes/ us ? /mes/ verb. to treat someone in a bad, rude, or annoying way, or to start an argument with someone: I've warned you already, don't mess with me! Treating people or animals badly. a raw deal idiom.

Updated: 2nd October 2019

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