- 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 [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 [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to be attached by screwing The bulb should just screw into the socket. The lid simply screws on.
- 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[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[intransitive, transitive] screw (somebody) (taboo, slang) to have sex with somebody Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun): from Old French escroue
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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