- 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
Example sentences from the Web for screw
My surgeon told me my bones were so soft he could barely install the screws.
She begged hospital staff to let her keep the rods and screws.
The sales rep said he gave Harris screws to take back to the FDA district office in Ontario, California.
The company had repossessed some of its screws after one U.S. distributor, Spinal Solutions LLC, stopped paying its bills.
He told CIR that she did not ask for samples of screws or talk about implants.
I'm a regular little human garage when it comes to patchin' up those aggravatin' screws that need oilin'.Dawn O'Hara, The Girl Who Laughed|Edna Ferber
The strong blade of his knife presently worked the screws loose, and the inside of the box was revealed to them.The Haunted Mine|Harry Castlemon
The propellers are made of steel and bronze, and each of the six blades of the two screws weighs eight tons.The Harris-Ingram Experiment|Charles E. Bolton
It stands on screws, which not only afford a steady support, but are useful for adjusting the instrument to a perfect level.Letters on Astronomy|Denison Olmsted
He had a number of screws with which he fastened some of the articles to the bulkheads, and lashed others in a seamanlike fashion.In the Eastern Seas|W.H.G. Kingston
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)