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[skroo-drahy-ver] /ˈskruˌdraɪ vər/
a hand tool for turning a screw, consisting of a handle attached to a long, narrow shank, usually of metal, which tapers and flattens out to a tip that fits into the slotted head of a screw.
a mixed drink made with vodka and orange juice.
Origin of screwdriver
1770-80; screw + driver Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for screwdriver
  • Find a solid flat-head screwdriver, and work your way up.
  • Push against the wall as you screw in the eyehooks, first by hand and then using a screwdriver for more leverage.
  • If you can't push a screwdriver up to its handle into the turf, it's time to aerate.
  • Gently poke any discolored areas with a screwdriver to make sure the wood is solid and not rotting or waterlogged.
  • The driver again called out and a ten-inch slotted screwdriver appeared at his window.
  • That's why you don't, screwdriver in hand, make arbitrary changes to the insides of your television.
  • Things look bleak until they discover an oxyacetylene torch, some sheets of metal, a screwdriver and a car engine.
  • Desperately, as he heard footsteps coming from above, he used a screwdriver to remove the doorknob.
  • One detainee told of being beaten with pipes and having a screwdriver rammed into his back.
  • Same goes for tool use, screwdriver becomes part of your mental map of your hand.
British Dictionary definitions for screwdriver


a tool used for turning screws, usually having a handle of wood, plastic, etc, and a steel shank with a flattened square-cut tip that fits into a slot in the head of the screw
an alcoholic beverage consisting of orange juice and vodka
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Word Origin and History for screwdriver

also screw-driver, "tool for driving screws," 1779, from screw (n.) + driver. Meaning "cocktail made from vodka and orange juice" is recorded from 1956. (Screwed/screwy have had a sense of "drunk" since 19c.; cf. slang tight "drunk").

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