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Synonyms of screw in English:


  • 1 fit the shelf to its supports with the screws provided
  • 2 the handle needs a couple of screws to tighten it
    turn, twist, wrench, lever, heave
  • 3 the ship's twin screws
  • Phrases

    put the screws on

    pressurize, put pressure on, use pressure on, pressure, press, bring force to bear on, force, drive, impel, coerce, urge, push, nag;
    lean on, prevail on;
    dragoon, steamroller, browbeat, use strong-arm tactics on, have someone do something;
    hold/put a gun/pistol to someone's head

    with a screw loose

    it really needs to be a person with a screw loose to commit violence
    unstable, unbalanced, of unsound mind, mentally ill, deranged, demented, crazed, troubled, disturbed, unhinged, insane, mad, mad as a hatter, mad as a March hare, raving mad, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, neurotic, psychotic;
    informal crazy, loopy, loony, mixed up, nuts, nutty, nutty as a fruitcake, bananas, cracked, crackpot, daft, dippy, screwy, batty, dotty, cuckoo, bonkers, potty, mental, screwed up, not all there, off one's head, out of one's head, out to lunch, a bit lacking, round the bend, round the twist, away with the fairies
    British informal barmy, crackers, barking, barking mad, off one's trolley, off one's rocker, daft as a brush, not the full shilling
    North American informal nutsy, nutso, squirrelly, wacko, buggy
    dated touched


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  • 1 he screwed the lid back on the jar
    tighten, turn, twist, wind, work
  • 2 I screwed the boards down tightly
    fasten, secure, fix, attach, clamp, bolt, rivet, batten
  • 3 she intended to screw money out of them
    informal bleed someone of something
  • 4 informal they screwed him at least once, so now he doesn't trust them at all
    informal rip off, bilk, diddle, do, sting, soak, rob, clip, gyp, skin
    North American informal stiff, gouge
    British informal , dated rush
    archaic cozen
    rare mulct
  • Phrases

    screw something up

  • 1 Christina screwed up her face in disgust
    wrinkle (up), pucker, crumple, crease, furrow, contort, distort, twist, purse
  • 2 informal they'll screw up the whole economy
    wreck, ruin, destroy, devastate, wreak havoc on, reduce to nothing, damage, spoil, mar, injure, blast, blight, smash, shatter, dash, torpedo, scotch, make a mess of, mess up
    informal louse up, foul up, put the kibosh on, banjax, do for, blow a hole in, nix, queer
    British informal scupper, cock up, dish
    Australian informal euchre, cruel
    vulgar slang fuck up
    [Antonyms] sort out
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