- 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.
- an act of coitus.
- a person viewed as a sexual partner.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
- to do nothing; loaf.
- to leave; go away.
- 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.
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Idioms for screw
Origin of screw
OTHER WORDS FROM screwscrew·a·ble, adjectivescrew·er, nounscrew·less, adjectivescrew·like, adjective
Words nearby screw
British Dictionary definitions for have a screw loose
- 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
- the motion resulting from this stroke
Derived forms of screwscrewer, nounscrewlike, adjective
Word Origin for screw
usage for screw
Idioms and Phrases with have a screw loose (1 of 2)
Be mentally unstable or eccentric, as in Anyone who approves that purchase must have a screw loose. This term likens a mental weakness to a machine in which a part is not securely fastened. An antonym is have one's head screwed on right; for example, She's very capable; she has her head screwed on right. [Slang; early 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with have a screw loose (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with screw
- screw around
- screw loose
- screw someone out of
- screw up
- screw up one's courage
- screw you
- have a screw loose
- pluck (screw) up one's courage
- tighten the screws
- turn up the heat (put the screws on)