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American English: /skru/
British English: /skruː/

Translation of screw in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (Building, Technology) to have a screw loose [colloquial] [humorous]he's/you've got a screw loose
    le/te falta un tornillo [colloquial] [humorous]
    to put the screws on somebody
    apretarle las tuercas or las clavijas a alguien
    to turn the screw
    dar otra vuelta de tuerca
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (action) (no plural) give it another screw
    (before noun) (lid/top)
    de rosca
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.3 (Aviation, Nautical)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (sexual intercourse) [vulgar] (no plural) to have a screw
    echar un polvo [slang]
    coger (Mexico) (Río de la Plata) (Venezuela) [vulgar]
    follar (Spain) [vulgar]
    culear (Andes) [vulgar]
    Example sentences
    • Now Philip watched in horrid perplexity as Ray led Betty into the woods for a convulsive screw.
    • It take many nails to build crib, but one screw to fill it.
    • There was nothing like a good rebound screw for when your best friend abandons you but really I mean I thought I could do better than this.
    Example sentences
    • For all it lasted, she had been a surprisingly good screw.
  • 3 (prison guard) [slang]
    madero (masculine) (Spain) [slang]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 4 (wage) (British) [slang] [dated]
    (no plural)
    sueldo (masculine)
    he earns a good screw
    gana bastante guita [slang]
    gana buena lana or (Spain) buena pasta [colloquial]

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (Building, Technology) the hooks were firmly screwed in
    los ganchos estaban bien atornillados
    screw the lid on tight
    enrosca bien la tapa
    the plaque was screwed (on)to the wall
    la placa estaba asegurada a la pared con tornillos
    to screw something down (securely)
    atornillar (bien) algo
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (twist)to screw something into somethinghe screwed the letter into a ball
    hizo una bola con la carta
    she screwed her face into a grin
    hizo una mueca
    torció el gesto
  • 2 2.1 [vulgar] (have sex with) to screw somebody
    tirarse a alguien [vulgar]
    coger a alguien (Mexico) (Río de la Plata) (Venezuela) [vulgar]
    follar a alguien (Spain) [vulgar]
    culearse a alguien (Andes) [vulgar]
    Example sentences
    • You get me drunk, probably so you could take advantage of me, and then you leave me to go screw someone else!
    • Girls to screw were plentiful and ever so willingly; all he had to do was give them a look and they would be swooning over to him.
    • As far as I can tell, she will only screw men who look like her husband.
    Example sentences
    • I'm watching his couple screwing and this guy has my entire penis in his mouth sucking.
    • Then I went up to my room to find a couple already up there screwing.
    • Later, she goes to a drive-in and, spying on a couple who are screwing in the back of a car, squats down to take a pee while leering at them.
    2.2 (in interjectional phrases) screw you!
    ¡vete a la mierda or (Mexico) a la chingada! [vulgar]
    ¡andá a cagar! (Río de la Plata) [vulgar]
    screw what she says!
    ¡me cago en lo que diga ella! [vulgar]
  • 3 [slang] 3.1 (exploit, cheat)
    hacer guaje (Mexico) [colloquial]
    she's screwing him for everything she can get
    lo está exprimiendo al máximo
    le está chupando la sangre
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    3.2 (extort)to screw something out of somebody/something
    sacarle algo a alguien/algo
    he screwed every penny out of her
    le sacó hasta el último centavo
    Example sentences
    • ‘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.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (Building)to screw in/on

Phrasal verbs

screw around

verb + adverb
1 (have sex) [slang]
ser promiscuo
acostarse con todo el mundo [colloquial]
2 (fool around) (US) [colloquial]

screw together

1verb + adverb
ir unidos con tornillos
the two parts screw together
las dos piezas van unidas con tornillos
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (using the thread) screw them together
2.2 (with screws)
unir con tornillos
screw the two pieces together
una la dos piezas con tornillos

screw up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (tighten)
to screw oneself up to do something
armarse de valor para hacer algo
1.2 (crumple)
(letter/piece of paper)
he screwed the envelope up into a ball
hizo una bola con el sobre
1.3 (wrinkle) I screwed up my eyes against the glare
cerré apretadamente los ojos para protegerme del resplandor
he screwed up his face
hizo una mueca
1.4 (make nervous, confused) [colloquial] (usually passive)
poner neurótico [colloquial]
to get screwed up about something
ponerse neurótico por algo [colloquial]
he's very screwed up (permanent characteristic)
tiene muchos traumas
1.5 (spoil, ruin) [slang]
fastidiar [colloquial]
joder [vulgar]
I really screwed up the exam
de verdad que metí la pata en el examen [colloquial]
de verdad que la cagué en el examen [vulgar]
you've really screwed things up now!
¡ahora sí que la has fastidiado or (South America) la has embarrado! [colloquial]
¡ahora sí que la has cagado or jodido! [vulgar]
2verb + adverb (bungle) [slang]
cagarla [vulgar]
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