screw1 [skru:] n
[Date: 1400-1500; : Old French; Origin: escroe 'inner screw, nut', from Latin scrofa 'female pig']
1.) a thin pointed piece of metal that you push and turn in order to fasten pieces of metal or wood together
Fix the frame in position and tighten the screws .
a) informal not polite an offensive word meaning an act of having sex
b) a good screw
informal not polite a very offensive word for someone who is good at having sex
3.) have a screw loose informal
to be slightly crazy
4.) put/tighten the screws on sb informal
to force someone to do something by threatening them
The government has started to tighten the screws on illegal share dealers.
5.) BrE informal a prison officer - used especially by prisoners
screw 2
screw2 v
2¦(close by turning)¦
5 screw you/him etc
Phrasal verbs
 screw around
 screw up
1.) ¦(ATTACH)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to attach one thing to another using a screw
→↑nail screw sth into/onto/to sth
The chairs were screwed to the floor.
The wooden frame should be screwed onto the wall.
2.) ¦(CLOSE BY TURNING)¦ [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
to fasten or close something by turning it, or to be fastened in this way
≠ ↑unscrew screw (sth) on/onto sth
The lens screws onto the front of the camera.
She carefully screwed the cap back onto the toothpaste.
3.) ¦(PAPER/CLOTH)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
also screw up
to twist paper or cloth into a small round shape
She screwed the letter up and threw it in the bin.
screw sth (up) into sth
I screwed my handkerchief into a ball.
4.) ¦(SEX)¦ [I and T]
taboo an offensive word meaning to have sex with someone
5.) screw you/him etc
spoken not polite an offensive expression used to show that you are very angry with someone
6.) ¦(CHEAT)¦ [T]
not polite to cheat someone in order to get money from them
screw sb for sth
They screwed us for $60 in the end.
have your head screwed on (straight) athead1 (3c)
screw around phr v
1.) informal to do silly things that may cause trouble
= ↑mess around
The kids were screwing around down by the bus station.
2.) not polite an offensive expression meaning to have sex with a lot of different people
screw up phr v
1.) informal to make a bad mistake or do something very stupid
= ↑mess up
You'd better not screw up this time.
2.) screw sth<=>up informal
to spoil something by doing something stupid
= ↑mess something up
She realized that she had screwed up her life.
3.) screw up your eyes/face
to move the muscles in your face in a way that makes your eyes seem narrow
He screwed up his eyes against the bright light.
Her face was screwed up with pain.
4.) screw sb<=>up informal
to make someone feel very unhappy, confused, or upset so that they have emotional problems for a long time
= ↑mess somebody up
It really screwed her up when her mother died.
5.) screw up the/enough courage to do sth also screw up your courage
to be brave enough to do something you are very nervous about
I finally screwed up enough courage to talk to her.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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