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  • There was already one screw loose in the machinery: the Crows had lost connection with the Piegans.

    The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
  • He says she has a screw loose, because she wants to go on the stage.

    A Young Girl's Diary An Anonymous Young Girl
  • "There's a screw loose somewhere, sir, in Major Milroy's family," said the voice of young Pedgift.

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
  • "There's a screw loose somewhere," Rufus said to himself, with a smile.

    A Gamble with Life Silas K. Hocking
  • Joshua Owlet has got a screw loose where his daughter is concerned and it won't advance nothing if you go to him.

    The Torch and Other Tales Eden Phillpotts
  • Why, Bud, there ain't no screw loose in Christmas, is there?

    Asa Holmes Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Had there not been something crooked about Lizzie,—a screw loose, as people say,—she would never have been within his reach.

    The Eustace Diamonds Anthony Trollope

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