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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
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  • But next morning, when Nancy came downstairs with the child, Pete was busy with a screwdriver taking the chain off the door.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • We found the screwdriver, and Hal says, 'What do you reckon he wanted with that?'

    Tom Sawyer, Detective Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Yet there may be nothing radically wrong with this fixture, and the use of the screwdriver may make it as good as new.

  • Mamma says things like forgetting the screwdriver are your ex-eccen-tricks.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Using his knife as a screwdriver, he removed the hinges from the door.

  • Suppose anybody around the club could dig up a screwdriver for you?

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • Then I heard someone outside my cabin-door working as though with a screwdriver, unscrewing a screw from the woodwork.

    The Czar's Spy William Le Queux
  • Smith, with the screwdriver, walked in the middle, very solemn and very pale.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
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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