To fuck up in a way that results in a media frenzy. Whether it be figuratively or literally. Derived from Gary Powell, the Apple employee who lost the next-generation iPhone prototype.
Gary powelled when he got drunk at a bar and lost the new iPhone prototype.
Verb (Int, Past ). 1. To have been set up to be hung out to dry by one's superiors. 2. To have had one's public reputation intentionally ruined by one's superiors. 3. To have had one's public reputation trashed for nothing more than malicious amusement or to harm future political aspirations.
"Dave, the manager showed the CEO records that you were responsible for the Hayman fiasco. I know you weren't even on that part project, but he figured it was him or you and he can doctor the accounts."
"Our CFO was powelled in the press by the Chairman. He didn't even come onboard until after the irregularities had stopped, but now he can't get a job anywhere."
"Man, no way he can run for President after he was powelled at the UN."