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Idioms about screw

Origin of screw

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English noun scrwe, screw(e); compare Middle French escro(ue) “nut,” Middle Dutch schrûve, Middle High German schrûbe “screw”

OTHER WORDS FROM screw

screw·a·ble, adjectivescrewer, nounscrewless, adjectivescrewlike, adjective
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How to use screw in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for screw

screw
/ (skruː) /

noun
verb
See also screw up

Derived forms of screw

screwer, nounscrewlike, adjective

Word Origin for screw

C15: from French escroe, from Medieval Latin scrōfa screw, from Latin: sow, presumably because the thread of the screw is like the spiral of the sow's tail

usage for screw

The use of this otherwise utilitarian word in a sexual sense, though recorded in an 18th century slang dictionary, does not appear to have really taken off until well into the 20th. Although a classic example of the anatomical metaphor for the sex act seen from the male point of view, it can be used as a transitive verb by women, which suggests that the metaphor is all but dead
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Other Idioms and Phrases with screw

screw

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