screw


screw
screw NOUN 1) a thin, sharp-pointed metal pin with a raised spiral thread running around it and a slotted head, used to join things together by being rotated in under pressure. 2) a cylinder with a spiral ridge or thread running round the outside that can be turned to seal an opening, apply pressure, adjust position, etc. 3) (also screw propeller) a ship's or aircraft's propeller. 4) informal, derogatory a prison warder. 5) vulgar slang an act of sexual intercourse.
VERB 1) fasten or tighten with a screw or screws. 2) rotate (something) so as to attach or remove it by means of a spiral thread. 3) informal cheat or swindle. 4) vulgar slang have sexual intercourse with.
have one's head screwed on (the right way) — Cf. ↑have one's head screwed on the right way
have a screw loose — Cf. ↑have a screw loose
screw up — Cf. ↑screw up
ORIGIN Old French escroue 'female screw, nut' , from Latin scrofa, 'sow' , later 'screw' .

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