screw Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “screw” in the English Dictionary

"screw" in British English

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screw noun (METAL OBJECT)

[C] a ​thin, ​pointedpiece of ​metal with a ​raisededgetwisting round along ​itslength and a ​flattop with a ​cut in it, used to ​join things together, ​especiallypieces of ​wood

screw noun (TURN)

[C] UK an ​act of ​twisting or ​turning done to ​fasten or ​tighten something: Give it another screw to make ​sure the ​lid doesn't come off while we're ​travelling.

screw noun (PRISON GUARD)

[C] UK slang (a word used ​especially by ​prisoners) a ​prisonguard

screw noun (HAVE SEX)

[C] UK offensive the ​act of ​sex, or a ​sexualpartner: I never ​feel like a screw when I ​wake up in the ​morning. He's a really good screw.

screw noun (INSTRUMENT)

screws [plural] →  thumbscrew


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screw verb (METAL OBJECT)

[T usually + adv/prep] to ​fasten something using a screw: Screw this ​piece of ​wood to the ​wall. Screw these two ​pieces together. [T usually + adv/prep] to ​fasten something using an ​objectsimilar to a screw: We'll have to screw a ​hook into the ​wall.screw in/together If something screws in/together, it ​fits or ​fastens together by being ​turned: This ​lightbulb screws in. The ​steelrods screw together.

screw verb (TIGHT SHAPE)

[T + adv/prep] to ​tighten the ​muscles of ​yourface or ​part of ​yourface into a ​particularexpression, ​especially one of ​disapproval or ​pain: He screwed his ​eyestightshut against the ​brightlight. The woman at the ​breakfasttable screwed her ​mouth into a ​grimace. [T + adv/prep] to ​twist and ​crush something, ​especiallypaper or ​cloth, ​roughly with ​yourhands: She screwed the ​bag up and ​threw it in the ​bin. He screwed the ​letter into a ​ball and ​flung it away.

screw verb (TURN)

[T usually + adv/prep] to ​fasten something by ​turning it or ​twisting it: Screw the ​lidfirmly on to the ​jar and ​shake well.

screw verb (CHEAT)

[T] slang to ​cheat or ​deceive someone: It was only after we'd had the ​car for a few ​days that we ​realized we'd been screwed by the ​dealer.

screw verb (HAVE SEX)

[I or T] offensive to have ​sex with someone: They say he's screwing the boss's ​wife.
(Definition of screw from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"screw" in American English

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screwnoun [C]

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screw noun [C] (METAL FASTENER)

a ​thinpiece of ​metal, usually with a ​pointed end and a ​flattopshaped to ​hold a ​tool, that is ​forced into ​wood or ​metal by ​turning, and is used esp. to ​join two ​pieces or to ​hold something in ​place

screwverb [T]

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screw verb [T] (CHEAT)

slang to ​cheat or ​deceive someone: He really got screwed on that ​stocktip.

screw verb [T] (FASTEN)

to ​fastenobjects with a screw: The ​shelves were screwed to the ​wall. To screw also ​means to ​attach to something by ​turning: Screw the ​lid onto the ​jar. [M] Just screw in that ​loosebulb.
(Definition of screw from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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