- 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.
- 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.
Idioms about screw
Origin of screw
OTHER WORDS FROM screwscrew·a·ble, adjectivescrewer, nounscrewless, adjectivescrewlike, adjective
How to use screw in a sentence
My surgeon told me my bones were so soft he could barely install the screws.
A politician or pundit screws up on one, and is made fun of on the other.
In an interview with CIR, he admitted to making scores of copies of surgical screws for Spinal Solutions.
She begged hospital staff to let her keep the rods and screws.
He said he engraved only a few screws, however, which he called prototypes.
He was voluble in his declarations that they would “put the screws” to Ollie on the charge of perjury.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
The treasure consisted in this case of a quantity of bent and rusty nails of all sizes, and a few screws and nuts.The Box-Car Children|Gertrude Chandler Warner
The humidity of the earth had rusted the screws, and it was not without some difficulty that the coffin was opened.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias)|Alexandre Dumas, fils
The heads of these screws are shown in the plate, between the springs which press the plate-holder against its bed.
In practice it is seldom necessary to touch the adjusting screws of the mirrors themselves.
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
Other 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)