Sexless and reassuring they may be, incapable of sin they may be, but they have screwed us royally all the same.
There are many ways to measure how screwed Republicans are after the last election.
Romney was presented with a chance to re-handle Benghazi, and he screwed it up even worse.
Yeah, Petraeus screwed up, but the guy has spent his life fighting the baddest of bad guys and getting shot at.
Most investors shouldn't be screwed because they're not flipping individual stocks day in and day out.
It was this continual preoccupation that screwed me up at last to a remonstrance: a matter worthy to be narrated in detail.
Pash screwed up his face in a manner worthy of his monkey looks.
She sat back and screwed her eyes tight, as she had always done when puzzled.
There are occasions in which the truth must be screwed out of a man.
She screwed paper and carbons into her machine and opened her note-book.
"cylinder of wood or metal with a spiral ridge round it; hole in which a screw turns," c.1400, from Middle French escroue "nut, cylindrical socket, screwhole," of uncertain etymology; not found in other Romanic languages. Perhaps via Gallo-Romance *scroba or West Germanic *scruva from Vulgar Latin scrobis "screw-head groove," in classical Latin "ditch, trench," also "vagina" (Diez, though OED finds this "phonologically impossible").
Kluge, Watkins and others trace it to Latin scrofa "breeding sow," perhaps based on the shape of a pig's penis (cf. Portuguese porca, Spanish perca "a female screw," from Latin porca "sow"). Latin scrofa is literally "digger, rooter," from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)). A group of apparently cognate Germanic words (Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schruve, Dutch schroef, German Schraube, Swedish skrufva "screw") are said to be French loan-words.
Sense of "means of pressure or coercion" is from 1640s, probably in reference to instruments of torture (e.g. thumbscrews). Meaning "prison guard, warden" is 1812 in underworld slang, originally in reference to the key they carried (screw as slang for "key" attested from 1795). Slang meaning "an act of copulation" is recorded from 1929 (meaning "a prostitute" is attested from 1725). To have a screw loose "have a dangerous (usually mental) weakness" is recorded from 1810.
"to twist (something) like a screw," 1590s, from screw (n.). From 1610s as "to attach with a screw." Slang meaning "to copulate" dates from at least 1725, originally usually of the action of the male, on the notion of driving a screw into something. Meaning "defraud, cheat" is from 1900. First recorded 1949 in exclamations as a euphemism. Related: Screwed; screwing. To screw up "blunder" is recorded from 1942. Screwed up originally was figurative for "tuned to a high or precise pitch" (1907), an image from the pegs of stringed instruments. Meaning "confused, muddled" attested from 1943. Expression to have (one's) head screwed on the right (or wrong) way is from 1821.
Drunk (British & 1980s+ students)
[screw, ''strumpet, prostitute,'' is found by 1725]
A prison guard or warden; turnkey: a hardboiled screw
[1812+ Underworld; fr 1700s underworld, ''a skeleton key,'' then turnkey, the bearer of such a key]
To leave hastily; flee; scram: Now go on. Screw
[entry 1896+, variant 1908+; perhaps imitative of scram; perhaps semantically derived fr fuck off, ''leave, depart,'' by way of less taboo screw off]