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The Definition of - screw (verb)

    noun
    1.
    a metal fastener having a tapered shank with a helical thread, and topped with a slotted head, driven into wood or the like by rotating, especially by means of a screwdriver.
    2.
    a threaded cylindrical pin or rod with a head at one end, engaging a threaded hole and used either as a fastener or as a simple machine for applying power, as in a clamp, jack, etc.
    Compare bolt1 (def 3).
    3.
    British. a tapped or threaded hole.
    4.
    something having a spiral form.
    6.
    Usually, screws. physical or mental coercion:
    The terrified debtor soon felt the gangster's screws.
    7.
    a single turn of a screw.
    8.
    a twist, turn, or twisting movement.
    9.
    Chiefly British.
    1. a little salt, sugar, tobacco, etc., carried in a twist of paper.
    2. Slang. a mean, old, or worn-out horse; a horse from which one can obtain no further service.
    3. Slang. a friend or employer from whom one can obtain no more money.
    4. Slang. a miser.
    10.
    British Informal. salary; wages.
    11.
    Slang. a prison guard.
    12.
    Slang: Vulgar.
    1. an act of coitus.
    2. a person viewed as a sexual partner.
    verb (used with object)
    13.
    to fasten, tighten, force, press, stretch tight, etc., by or as if by means of a screw or device operated by a screw or helical threads.
    14.
    to operate or adjust by a screw, as a press.
    15.
    to attach with a screw or screws:
    to screw a bracket to a wall.
    16.
    to insert, fasten, undo, or work (a screw, bolt, nut, bottle top with a helical thread, etc.) by turning.
    17.
    to contort as by twisting; distort (often followed by up):
    Dad screwed his face into a grimace of disgust.
    18.
    to cause to become sufficiently strong or intense (usually followed by up):
    I screwed up my courage to ask for a raise.
    19.
    to coerce or threaten.
    20.
    to extract or extort.
    21.
    to force (a seller) to lower a price (often followed by down).
    22.
    Slang. to cheat or take advantage of (someone).
    23.
    Slang: Vulgar. to have coitus with.
    verb (used without object)
    24.
    to turn as or like a screw.
    25.
    to be adapted for being connected, taken apart, opened, or closed by means of a screw or screws or parts with helical threads (usually followed by on, together, or off):
    This top screws on easily.
    26.
    to turn or move with a twisting or rotating motion.
    27.
    to practice extortion.
    28.
    Slang: Vulgar. to have coitus.
    Verb phrases
    29.
    screw around, Slang.
    1. to waste time in foolish or frivolous activity:
      If you'd stop screwing around we could get this job done.
    2. Vulgar. to engage in promiscuous sex.
    30.
    screw off, Slang.
    1. to do nothing; loaf.
    2. to leave; go away.
    31.
    screw up, Slang.
    1. to ruin through bungling or stupidity:
      Somehow the engineers screwed up the entire construction project.
    2. to make a botch of something; blunder:
      Sorry, I guess I screwed up.
    3. to make confused, anxious, or neurotic:
      Losing your job can really screw you up.
    Idioms
    32.
    have a screw loose, Slang. to be eccentric or neurotic; have crazy ideas:
    You must have a screw loose to keep so many cats.
    33.
    have one’s head screwed on right/straight. head (def 67).
    34.
    put the screws on, to compel by exerting pressure on; use coercion on; force:
    They kept putting the screws on him for more money.

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