Meaning of SCREW in English

SCREW

I. screw 1 S3 /skruː/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: escroe 'inner screw, nut' , from Latin scrofa 'female pig' ]

1 . a thin pointed piece of metal that you push and turn in order to fasten pieces of metal or wood together ⇨ nail :

Fix the frame in position and tighten the screws.

2 . informal not polite

a) an offensive word meaning an act of having sex

b) a good screw a very offensive word for someone who is good at having sex

3 . have a screw loose informal to be slightly crazy

4 . put/tighten the screws on somebody informal to force someone to do something by threatening them:

The government has started to tighten the screws on illegal share dealers.

5 . British English informal a prison officer – used especially by prisoners

II. screw 2 BrE AmE verb

1 . ATTACH [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to attach one thing to another using a screw ⇨ nail

screw something into/onto/to something

The chairs were screwed to the floor.

The wooden frame should be screwed onto the wall.

2 . CLOSE BY TURNING [intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition] to fasten or close something by turning it, or to be fastened in this way OPP unscrew

screw (something) on/onto something

The lens screws onto the front of the camera.

She carefully screwed the cap back onto the toothpaste.

3 . PAPER/CLOTH [transitive always + adverb/preposition] ( also screw up ) to twist paper or cloth into a small round shape:

She screwed the letter up and threw it in the bin.

screw something (up) into something

I screwed my handkerchief into a ball.

4 . SEX [intransitive and transitive] informal not polite an offensive word meaning to have sex with someone

5 . screw you/him etc spoken not polite an offensive expression used to show that you are very angry with someone

6 . CHEAT [transitive] not polite to cheat someone in order to get money from them

screw somebody for something

They screwed us for $60 in the end.

⇨ have your head screwed on (straight) at ↑ head 1 (3c)

screw around phrasal verb

1 . informal to do silly things that may cause trouble SYN mess around :

The kids were screwing around down by the bus station.

2 . not polite an offensive expression meaning to have sex with a lot of different people

screw up phrasal verb

1 . informal to make a bad mistake or do something very stupid SYN mess up :

You’d better not screw up this time.

2 . screw something ↔ up informal to spoil something by doing something stupid SYN mess something up :

She realized that she had screwed up her life.

3 . screw up your eyes/face to move the muscles in your face in a way that makes your eyes seem narrow:

He screwed up his eyes against the bright light.

Her face was screwed up with pain.

4 . screw somebody ↔ up informal to make someone feel very unhappy, confused, or upset so that they have emotional problems for a long time SYN mess somebody up :

It really screwed her up when her mother died.

⇨ ↑ screwed up

5 . screw up the/enough courage to do something ( also screw up your courage to do something ) to be brave enough to do something you are very nervous about:

I finally screwed up enough courage to talk to her.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.