- 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 sexual intercourse.
- 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, adjectivescrewer, nounscrewless, adjectivescrewlike, adjective
Words nearby screw
Example sentences from the Web for screw
The scariest part about this process isn’t the sharp tools or the tiny screws or the moths flying around your late-night construction scene—it’s making sure it all actually works.How to Build Out Your Subaru Forester for $350 or Less|Madeleine LaPlante-Dube|October 15, 2020|Outside Online
A wall-mount screw kit is included for an easy and simple wall hanging construction.
Simply assemble the legs with a few screws and get working in minutes.Narrow desks that can turn any corner into a comfortable workspace|PopSci Commerce Team|October 13, 2020|Popular Science
Crucially, the implied “turn of the screw” in James’s novel pivots around the question of whether the ghosts are real or not.Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor is a calm, loving study in how to exorcise your ghosts|Aja Romano|October 9, 2020|Vox
There’s a removable base that screws on and off with a single flat-blade screw.
You want less concentration in banking—at least the type that will screw the little guy and imperil the economy?
The Internet cool kids are rallying against Taylor Swift after her bold screw-you to Spotify.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer|Arthur Chu|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
The powdered stone was removed from the hole by giving a screw form to the stem of the bit.
"I did n't fly off the handle," said the screw, twirling huskily at the end of the screw-shaft.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
At the usual hour that night the employés of Stickle and Screw left work and took their several ways home ward.The Garret and the Garden|R.M. Ballantyne
The propeller to be worked by this novel engine was of course his long-idle screw.
An article in 'The Times' gives in strong contrast the relative value of screw and paddle-wheels as propellers.
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
Derived forms of screwscrewer, nounscrewlike, adjective
Word Origin for screw
usage 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)