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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.
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 ).
British. a tapped or threaded hole.
something having a spiral form.
Usually, screws. physical or mental coercion: The terrified debtor soon felt the gangster's screws.
a single turn of a screw.
a twist, turn, or twisting movement.
Chiefly British.
a little salt, sugar, tobacco, etc., carried in a twist of paper.
Slang. a mean, old, or worn-out horse; a horse from which one can obtain no further service.
Slang. a friend or employer from whom one can obtain no more money.
Slang. a miser.
British Informal. salary; wages.
Slang. a prison guard.
Slang: Vulgar.
an act of coitus.
a person viewed as a sexual partner.
verb (used with object)
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.
to operate or adjust by a screw, as a press.
to attach with a screw or screws: to screw a bracket to a wall.
to insert, fasten, undo, or work (a screw, bolt, nut, bottle top with a helical thread, etc.) by turning.
to contort as by twisting; distort (often followed by up ): Dad screwed his face into a grimace of disgust.
to cause to become sufficiently strong or intense (usually followed by up ): I screwed up my courage to ask for a raise.
to coerce or threaten.
to extract or extort.
to force (a seller) to lower a price (often followed by down ).
Slang. to cheat or take advantage of (someone).
Slang: Vulgar. to have coitus with.
verb (used without object)
to turn as or like a screw.
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.
to turn or move with a twisting or rotating motion.
to practice extortion.
Slang: Vulgar. to have coitus.
Verb phrases
screw around, Slang.
to waste time in foolish or frivolous activity: If you'd stop screwing around we could get this job done.
Vulgar. to engage in promiscuous sex.
screw off, Slang.
to do nothing; loaf.
to leave; go away.
screw up, Slang.
to ruin through bungling or stupidity: Somehow the engineers screwed up the entire construction project.
to make a botch of something; blunder: Sorry, I guess I screwed up.
to make confused, anxious, or neurotic: Losing your job can really screw you up.
have a screw loose, Slang. to be eccentric or neurotic; have crazy ideas: You must have a screw loose to keep so many cats.
have one’s head screwed on right/straight. head ( def 67 ).
put the screws on, to compel by exerting pressure on; use coercion on; force: They kept putting the screws on him for more money.

1375–1425; late Middle English scrwe, screw(e) (noun); compare Middle French escro(ue) nut, Middle Dutch schrûve, Middle High German schrûbe screw

screwable, adjective
screwer, noun
screwless, adjective
screwlike, adjective

20. wring, wrest, force, exact, squeeze. Unabridged
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screw (skruː)
1.  a device used for fastening materials together, consisting of a threaded and usually tapered shank that has a slotted head by which it may be rotated so as to cut its own thread as it bores through the material
2.  Also called: screw-bolt a threaded cylindrical rod that engages with a similarly threaded cylindrical hole; bolt
3.  a thread in a cylindrical hole corresponding with that on the bolt or screw with which it is designed to engage
4.  anything resembling a screw in shape or spiral form
5.  a twisting movement of or resembling that of a screw
6.  billiards, snooker Also called: screw-back
 a.  a stroke in which the cue ball recoils or moves backward after striking the object ball, made by striking the cue ball below its centre
 b.  the motion resulting from this stroke
7.  another name for propeller
8.  slang a prison guard
9.  slang (Brit) salary, wages, or earnings
10.  (Brit) a small amount of salt, tobacco, etc, in a twist of paper
11.  slang a person who is mean with money
12.  slang an old, unsound, or worthless horse
13.  slang (often plural) force or compulsion (esp in the phrase put the screws on)
14.  slang sexual intercourse
15.  informal have a screw loose to be insane
16.  slang turn the screw, tighten the screw to increase the pressure
vb (often foll by up)
17.  (tr) to rotate (a screw or bolt) so as to drive it into or draw it out of a material
18.  (tr) to cut a screw thread in (a rod or hole) with a tap or die or on a lathe
19.  to turn or cause to turn in the manner of a screw
20.  (tr) to attach or fasten with a screw or screws
21.  informal (tr) to take advantage of; cheat
22.  to distort or contort: he screwed his face into a scowl
23.  Also: screw back to impart a screw to (a ball)
24.  (tr, often foll by from or out of) to coerce or force out of; extort
25.  slang to have sexual intercourse (with)
26.  slang (tr) to burgle
27.  informal have one's head screwed on, have one's head screwed on the right way to be wise or sensible
[C15: from French escroe, from Medieval Latin scrōfa screw, from Latin: sow, presumably because the thread of the screw is like the spiral of the sow's tail]
usage  The use of this otherwise utilitarian word in a sexual sense, though recorded in an 18th century slang dictionary, does not appear to have really taken off until well into the 20th. Although a classic example of the anatomical metaphor for the sex act seen from the male point of view, it can be used as a transitive verb by women, which suggests that the metaphor is all but dead

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Word Origin & History

1404, from M.Fr. escroue "nut, cylindrical socket, screwhole," of uncertain etymology; not found in other Romanic languages. Perhaps via Gallo-Romance *scroba or W.Gmc. *scruva from V.L. scrobis "screw-head groove," in classical L. "ditch, trench," also "vagina" (Diez, though OED finds this "phonologically
impossible"). Kluge and others trace it to L. scrofa "breeding sow," perhaps based on the shape of a pig's penis (cf. Port. porca, Sp. perca "a female screw," from L. porca "sow"). A group of apparently cognate Gmc. words (M.L.G., M.Du. schruve, Du. schroef, Ger. Schraube, Swed. skrufva "screw") often are said to be Fr. loan-words. Sense of "means of pressure or coercion" is from 1648, probably in ref. to instruments of torture (e.g. thumbscrews). Meaning "prison guard, warden" is 1812 in underworld slang, originally in reference to the key they carried. To have a screw loose "have a dangerous (usually mental) weakness" is recorded from 1810. Screwy (1820) originally meant "tipsy, slightly drunk;" sense of "crazy, ridiculous" first recorded 1887.

"to twist (something) like a screw," 1599, from screw (n.). Slang meaning "to copulate" dates from at least 1725, on the notion of driving a screw into something. Meaning "a prostitute" also is attested from 1725. Slang meaning "an act of copulation" (n.) is recorded from
1929. First recorded 1949 in exclamations as a euphemism.
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