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screw

Synonyms of screw in English:

noun

  • 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

    1
    informal
    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

    2
    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;
    informalcrazy, 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
    North American informalnutsy, nutso, squirrelly, wacko, buggy
    datedtouched

    verb

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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
    informalbleed someone of something
  • 4 informal they screwed him at least once, so now he doesn't trust them at all
    informalrip off, bilk, diddle, do, sting, soak, rob, clip, gyp, skin
    North American informalstiff, gouge
    British informal, , datedrush
    archaiccozen
    raremulct
  • Phrases

    screw something up

    1
  • 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
    informallouse up, foul up, put the kibosh on, banjax, do for, blow a hole in, nix, queer
    British informalscupper, cock up, dish
    Australian informaleuchre, cruel
    vulgar slangfuck up
    [Antonyms] sort out
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