Definition of screw in English:
- The logs, the wood flooring, the cabinets, all of the materials down to the nails and screws which hold it together, were donated or purchased with donated funds.
- Some fractures require surgery, and the use of metal screws, wires, pins or plates to hold the broken pieces of bone together.
- Builders will appreciate the fact that plastic lumber can hold nails and screws better than wood.
- It is secured with special spring-loaded screws for uniform hold-down pressure.
- The inner diameters of the seals were adapted to the diameters of the basal parts of root systems and adjusted by screws.
- Adjust the syrup screw on the fountain head to make the drink stronger to suit your taste.
- But steamships were improving as the screw propeller replaced the paddle wheel and iron replaced wood.
- The subsequent development of the screw propeller, concealed beneath the surface of the water, yielded greater maneuverability as well as greater protection.
- In 1845, the British Admiralty sponsored a demonstration to determine which was superior, the paddle wheel or screw propeller; the latter clearly won.
- One day the screws opened the solitary confinement cell and a brown paper bag was thrust inside.
- Marijuana was sort of a sedative sort of drug as far as the screws and prison authorities were concerned.
- The abiding impression left by the book is the way the prison system reduces prisoners and screws to animals.
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- Rather than being screwed on they were riveted.
- I undress and hang my orange attire upon a steel hanger that is securely screwed into the wall.
- The control panel earth wire will need to be securely screwed to the chassis of the vehicle.
- Put Teflon tape in a clockwise direction as you are looking at the threads and screw it in.
- Are you upset that he occasionally forgets to screw the top back on the toothpaste tube?
- Joe screwed the top back on the canteen, and squeezed, on his back, under the wagon bed.
- The resulting rack is suspended with a rope through a couple of pulleys, which screw into joists in the ceiling.
- The shower head screws onto the shower arm stub out.
- The nozzle closure screws over the base of the nozzle plate.
- They just screw you for an extra £8 per month because they can!
- Until then, though, I will only screw you out of several million dollars per person per year.
- He spouted some nostrum about how people who ‘steal’ movies were screwing him, not the studios.
- ‘The companies are taking advantage of the situation to screw some money out of the government,’ he admitted last week.
- Together these poster boys for corporate greed put billions of dollars in their own pockets and those of their top execs, while screwing millions out of their employees and investors.
- I suspect they may have the idea that they have more chance of screwing concessions out of us.
- To all those people who've disparaged my Diet Coke habit over the years: screw off!
- She had made up her mind, screw what anyone else thought, she was going there and she was going to find out what her destiny was.
- Telling your supervisor to go screw and then expecting him to fix your mess also sucks.
Late Middle English (as a noun): from Old French escroue 'female screw, nut', from Latin scrofa, literally 'sow', later 'screw'. The early sense of the verb was 'contort (the features), twist around' (late 16th century).
Pigs have curly tails like corkscrews, and the ultimate source of screw is Latin scrofa ‘a sow’, source also of scrofula (Late Middle English), a disease people thought breeding sows were particularly susceptible to. Scrofula was also called the King's Evil, because kings were traditionally thought to be able to cure it. Scrofa changed its meaning to ‘screw’ in Latin, and then altered its form as it passed through French and arrived in English in the late medieval period. The slang sense ‘to have sex’, dating from the early 18th century, is probably the source of screw up meaning ‘to mess up’, which started off in the Second World War. It was a US euphemism for f— up.
have one's head screwed on (the right way)
- informal Have common sense.Example sentences
- It does suit some people but you must have your head screwed on and be fully aware of both the risks and rewards.
- Thankfully, the co-organiser seems to have his head screwed on, and is just getting on with it.
- Brian has his head screwed on as he wants to be a soccer manager when he grows up.
have a screw loose
- informal Be slightly eccentric or mentally disturbed.Example sentences
- Some of my people have speculated about such things for a long time, but now it is official: it has been medically, clinically diagnosed that I have a screw loose.
- Who could not think he has a screw loose after going on about seeing the devil on the stage?
- People often say that it's harder to get out of the team that into it, but whoever believes that has a screw loose.
put the screws on
- informal Exert strong psychological pressure on (someone) so as to intimidate them into doing something.Example sentences
- He laughed and added, ‘You put the screws on me and I'm gonna screw right out from under you ever time, that's what I'm gonna do.’
- The Duke engineering department had been putting the screws on him for a major contribution.
- The Authority's attempts to put the screws on farmers may have backfired despite having laid some alarming facts on the table during the past week.
a turn of the screw
- informal An additional degree of pressure or hardship added to a situation that is already extremely difficult to bear.Example sentences
- Forced to return to her pitiably poor parents, she is finally forced into prostitution and each new event in her despairing life is a turn of the screw.
- His forced conversion, Antonio's final turn of the screw, makes a hilarious ending, Shylock's soul is saved.
- The answer is likely to depend on the political turn of the screw.
turn (or tighten) the screw (or screws)
- informal Exert strong pressure on someone.Example sentences
- Governments could have chosen to ease the pressure, but successive Labor and Liberal governments instead turned the screws.
- Kiltegan were still in there, if only with an outside chance as the second half got underway but Castletown lost no time in turning the screws.
- With affluent urbanites pushing prices up, and second-homeowners turning the screw, how can young people ever afford houses of their own?
screw someone over
- informal Treat someone unfairly; cheat or swindle someone.Example sentences
- In studio offices, I'm certain there's always been a conspiracy to screw me over in at least three out of five categories.
- The development of new technologies always screws somebody over in the end.
- Now that I need the system, it's screwing me over.
- informal , chiefly North American Completely mismanage or mishandle a situation: I’m sorry, Susan, I screwed upMore example sentences
- In any other situation, if an employee screws up, they get fired.
- For most of my life, I've been in situations where people expect me to screw up.
- What I love is when the accountant screws up on a simple piece of multiplication.
screw someone up
- informal Cause someone to be emotionally or mentally disturbed: this job can really screw you upMore example sentences
- ‘Our first job is to not screw him up,’ McLaughlin said with a laugh.
- Nobody has a perfect life, and, just think, if you are screwed up in a sufficiently imaginative way, your children can always use it as creative ballast.
- The rush of emotions and the intensity of being whooshed back to the time in my life when we were together screwed me up for weeks.
screw something up
- She looks down, screws up her face and peers at me.
- Margaret listens quietly to our opinions, then screws up her face, deep in thought.
- Squint your eyes, screw up your face and study the glossy frames and you'll find them fascinating.
- Have I done something wrong, did I screw something up?
- If you do the steps wrong, you screw it up.
- If he thinks I'm doing something wrong or if I break something or screw something up he gives me extra cleaning duties to do at closing time.
- The scene in which the host and hostess of the tavern screw their courage up before murdering Thomas Cole has been seen as an analogue to Macbeth.
- I screwed up my courage to ask him what was uppermost in my mind.
- I've been trying to screw up the courage to call you ever since.
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