screw

screw1 [ skru ] noun count *
1. ) a thin pointed piece of metal used for fastening one thing to another. It has a raised twisted part on it called a thread. You push and turn it with a screwdriver instead of hitting it with a hammer like a nail:
I took out the screws to get the door off.
Two screws hold the blade in position.
2. ) usually singular IMPOLITE an act of having sex
a ) a sexual partner
3. ) MAINLY BRITISH INFORMAL a prison GUARD. This word is used especially by prisoners.
have a screw loose INFORMAL
to be slightly crazy
put the screws on someone INFORMAL
to put more pressure on someone to do something, for example by threatening them
a turn of the screw
an occasion when someone puts more pressure on someone else to do something
screw
screw 2 [ skru ] verb *
1. ) transitive to fasten one thing to another using screws:
Next screw the back and sides of the box together.
screw something into/onto/to something: The rails need to be firmly screwed to the wall.
a ) to put something into its position by turning it like a screw:
Make sure you screw the lid on firmly to keep the contents fresh.
b ) to turn something round and round
─ opposite UNSCREW
2. ) intransitive or transitive IMPOLITE to have sex with someone
3. ) transitive VERY INFORMAL to cheat someone or treat someone in an unfair way:
screw someone out of something: We were just screwed out of $20!
4. ) transitive to make something into a smaller shape by squeezing or twisting it:
Peter kept his eyes screwed tightly shut.
screw something into something: She was nervously screwing her tissue into a ball.
screw you/her/him etc. OFFENSIVE
used for expressing your anger
=> HEAD1
,screw a`round phrasal verb intransitive IMPOLITE
1. ) to waste time in silly or useless activities
2. ) to have a lot of sexual relationships, instead of having one regular partner
,screw `up phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive VERY INFORMAL to make a serious mistake or spoil something, especially a situation: MESS UP:
I really screwed up this time, didn't I?
He made a bad decision that screwed up his entire life.
2. ) transitive INFORMAL to make someone feel so upset or confused that their whole personality is affected, often permanently:
Divorce doesn't have to screw your children up.
3. ) transitive if you screw up your eyes, you close them tightly
a ) if you screw up your face, you pull your forehead down and push your mouth and nose up, usually to show that you dislike something
4. ) transitive to make something into a smaller shape by squeezing or twisting it:
Several pages had been screwed up and tossed in the basket.
screw up the courage/nerve to do something
to prepare mentally for doing something difficult

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Screw — (skr[udd]), n. [OE. scrue, OF. escroue, escroe, female screw, F. [ e]crou, L. scrobis a ditch, trench, in LL., the hole made by swine in rooting; cf. D. schroef a screw, G. schraube, Icel. skr[=u]fa.] 1. A cylinder, or a cylindrical perforation,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • screw — [skro͞o] n. [ME screwe < MFr escroue, hole in which the screw turns < L scrofa, sow, infl. by scrobis, vulva] 1. a) a mechanical device for fastening things together, consisting essentially of a cylindrical or conical piece of metal… …   English World dictionary

  • Screw — Screw, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Screwed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Screwing}.] 1. To turn, as a screw; to apply a screw to; to press, fasten, or make firm, by means of a screw or screws; as, to screw a lock on a door; to screw a press. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • screw — screw·able; screw; screw·drive; screw·driv·er; screw·er; screw·less; screw·man; un·screw; cork·screw; …   English syllables

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  • screw up — {v. phr.}, {slang}, {semi vulgar}, {best avoided} 1. To make a mess of, to make an error which causes confusion. * /The treasurer screwed up the accounts of the Society so badly that he had to be fired./ 2. To cause someone to be neurotic or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • screw up — {v. phr.}, {slang}, {semi vulgar}, {best avoided} 1. To make a mess of, to make an error which causes confusion. * /The treasurer screwed up the accounts of the Society so badly that he had to be fired./ 2. To cause someone to be neurotic or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • screw up — (something) to spoil or damage something. You couldn t screw up much worse than I did. Somehow the lawyer screwed up my appointment again. This is detailed work, and people screw it up once in a while …   New idioms dictionary

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