- 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.
Origin of screw
Examples from the Web for screw
You want less concentration in banking—at least the type that will screw the little guy and imperil the economy?
Then they sent me to psychologists and it was like “screw his head on straight.”Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All|Aurora Snow|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In all honesty she may be handling it better, in terms of not letting it affect her as a person or screw up her life.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush|Sujay Kumar|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The company bargained him down to $65 a screw—less than half of what they usually cost.
This Jack Clayton adaptation of The Turn of the Screw is one of the rare pictures that does justice to Henry James.
As soon as they were all assembled, Percy gave the order to screw up, and pile on the barricades.The Cock-House at Fellsgarth|Talbot Baines Reed
He would have given a month's screw could Cosimo have come in at that moment.A Crooked Mile|Oliver Onions
Then she shook the ice from her screw, and ran grandly into the swelling sea.The Adventures of Billy Topsail|Norman Duncan
The degree of screw thrust was indicated in pounds by the pointer g.Artificial and Natural Flight|Hiram S. Maxim
Before passing onto the screw, it may be well to explain just how a paddle-wheel causes a boat to move.Boys' Book of Model Boats|Raymond Francis Yates
British Dictionary definitions for screw
- 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
Word Origin for screw
Idioms and Phrases with screw
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)