Meaning of SCREW in English

— screwable , adj. — screwer , n. — screwless , adj. — screwlike , adj.

/skrooh/ , n.

1. a metal fastener having a tapered shank with a helical thread, and topped with a slotted head, driven into wood or the like by rotating, esp. by means of a screwdriver.

2. a threaded cylindrical pin or rod with a head at one end, engaging a threaded hole and used either as a fastener or as a simple machine for applying power, as in a clamp, jack, etc. Cf. bolt 1 (def. 3).

3. Brit. a tapped or threaded hole.

4. something having a spiral form.

5. See screw propeller .

6. Usually, screws . physical or mental coercion: The terrified debtor soon felt the gangster's screws.

7. a single turn of a screw.

8. a twist, turn, or twisting movement.

9. Chiefly Brit.

a. a little salt, sugar, tobacco, etc., carried in a twist of paper.

b. Slang. a mean, old, or worn-out horse; a horse from which one can obtain no further service.

c. Slang. a friend or employer from whom one can obtain no more money.

d. Slang. a miser.

10. Brit. Informal. salary; wages.

11. Slang. a prison guard.

12. Slang ( vulgar ).

a. an act of coitus.

b. a person viewed as a sexual partner.

13. have a screw loose , Slang. to be eccentric or neurotic; have crazy ideas: You must have a screw loose to keep so many cats.

14. put the screws on , to compel by exerting pressure on; use coercion on; force: They kept putting the screws on him for more money.


15. to fasten, tighten, force, press, stretch tight, etc., by or as if by means of a screw or device operated by a screw or helical threads.

16. to operate or adjust by a screw, as a press.

17. to attach with a screw or screws: to screw a bracket to a wall.

18. to insert, fasten, undo, or work (a screw, bolt, nut, bottle top with a helical thread, etc.) by turning.

19. to contort as by twisting; distort: Father screwed his face into a grimace of disgust.

20. to cause to become sufficiently strong or intense (usually fol. by up ): I screwed up my courage to ask for a raise.

21. to coerce or threaten.

22. to extract or extort.

23. to force (a seller) to lower a price (often fol. by down ).

24. Slang. to cheat or take advantage of (someone).

25. Slang ( vulgar ). to have coitus with.


26. to turn as or like a screw.

27. to be adapted for being connected, taken apart, opened, or closed by means of a screw or screws or parts with helical threads (usually fol. by on, together, or off ): This top screws on easily.

28. to turn or move with a twisting or rotating motion.

29. to practice extortion.

30. Slang ( vulgar ). to have coitus.

31. screw around , Slang.

a. to waste time in foolish or frivolous activity: If you'd stop screwing around we could get this job done.

b. Vulgar. to engage in promiscuous sex.

32. screw off , Slang.

a. to do nothing; loaf.

b. to leave; go away.

33. screw up , Slang.

a. to ruin through bungling or stupidity: Somehow the engineers screwed up the entire construction project.

b. to make a botch of something; blunder.

c. to make confused, anxious, or neurotic.

[ 1375-1425; late ME scrwe, screw ( e ) (n.); cf. MF escro ( ue ) nut, MD schrûve, MHG schrûbe screw ]

Syn. 22. wring, wrest, force, exact, squeeze.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .