Definition of screw verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    screw

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//skruː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skruː//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they screw
    BrE BrE//skruː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skruː//
     
    he / she / it screws
    BrE BrE//skruːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skruːz//
     
    past simple screwed
    BrE BrE//skruːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skruːd//
     
    past participle screwed
    BrE BrE//skruːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skruːd//
     
    -ing form screwing
    BrE BrE//ˈskruːɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskruːɪŋ//
     
    How machines work
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] screw something + adv./prep. to fasten one thing to another or make something tight with a screw or screws The bookcase is screwed to the wall. You need to screw all the parts together. Now screw down the lid. compare unscrew See related entries: How machines work
  2. 2  [transitive] to twist something around in order to fasten it in place screw something + adv./prep. She screwed the cap back on the jar. screw something + adj. Screw the bolt tight. compare unscrew See related entries: How machines work
  3. 3  [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to be attached by screwing The bulb should just screw into the socket. The lid simply screws on.
  4. 4[transitive] to squeeze something, especially a piece of paper, into a tight ball screw something up (into something) I screwed up the letter and threw it into the fire. screw something (up) into something Screw the foil into a little ball. see also screwed-up
  5. 5[transitive] (slang) to cheat somebody, especially by making them pay too much money for something screw somebody We've been screwed. screw somebody for something How much did they screw you for (= how much did you have to pay)?
  6. 6[intransitive, transitive] screw (somebody) (taboo, slang) to have sex with somebody
  7. Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun): from Old French escroue ‘female screw, nut’, from Latin scrofa, literally ‘sow’, later ‘screw’. The early sense of the verb was ‘contort (the features), twist around’ (late 16th cent.).Extra examples I screwed the lid back on the jar. Screw the drain cover down tightly. She screwed the lock into the door. The bed was screwed to the floor. How much did they screw you for? We’ve been screwed.Idioms
    have your head screwed on (the right way)
     
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    (informal) to be a sensible person
    screw him, you, that, etc.
     
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    (taboo, slang) an offensive way of showing that you are annoyed or do not care about somebody/something
    to force yourself to be brave enough to do something I finally screwed up my courage and went to the dentist. See related entries: Brave
    Phrasal Verbsscrew aroundscrew something from of somebodyscrew upscrew somebodyupscrew somethingupscrew your eyes up
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