screw


screw
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 threaded evenly around its outside surface with an advancing spiral ridge and commonly having a slotted head: it penetrates only by being turned, as with a screwdriver: also called male screw
b) the internal thread, or helical groove, as of a nut, into which a male screw, bolt, etc. can be turned: also called female screw
c) the act or an instance of turning such a screw
2. any of various devices operating or threaded like a screw, as a jackscrew or screw propeller
3.
a) anything that spirals or twists like the thread of a screw
b) the act of spiraling, twisting, or moving like this
4. Slang a prison guard
5. Chiefly Brit. a small amount of tobacco, salt, etc. in a twist of paper
6. [Slang, Chiefly Brit.]
a) a stingy person; miser
b) a crafty bargainer
c) a worn-out horse
7. [Brit. Slang] a salary
8. [Vulgar Slang]
a) an act or instance of sexual intercourse
b) a person with whom one engages in sexual intercourse, often, specif., one of specified competence
vt.
1. to twist; turn; tighten
2.
a) to fasten, make secure, tighten, insert, etc. with or as with a screw or screws
b) to put together or take apart with a screwlike motion
3. to twist out of natural shape; contort [to screw one's face up]
4. to make stronger; intensify: often with up
5. to force or compel, as if by using screws
6. Slang
a) to cheat; swindle
b) to treat unfairly
7. [Vulgar Slang] to have sexual intercourse with
vi.
1. to go together or come apart by being turned or twisted in the manner of a screw [a lid that screws on]
2. to twist; turn; wind; have a motion like that of a screw
3. [Vulgar Slang] to engage in sexual intercourse
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have a screw loose
Slang to be eccentric, odd, etc.
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☆ put the screws on or put the screws to
Informal to subject to force; exert pressure on, as in exacting payment; coerce
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screw around
Slang to waste time
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☆ screw up
Informal to make a mess of, as by ineptness; bungle; foul up

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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