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Idiom of the Day: Screw Up and Nail

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handy idiom

A carpenter uses both nails and screws. Nails are used with hammers. Screws are used with screwdrivers. Nail and screw are also used in these expressions.

Screw up: to make a mistake; to do something incorrectly. 
“I don't know what I did, but I somehow screwed up the computer.”

Nail something: to make or do something in a perfect or impressive way
“I was worried about the job interview but it went better than I expected. I think I nailed it.”

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