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"screw" in British English

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screwnoun

uk   /skruː/  us   /skruː/
  • screw noun (METAL OBJECT)

[C] a thin, pointed piece of metal with a raised edge twisting round along its length and a flat top with a cut in it, used to join things together, especially pieces 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 prison guard
  • screw noun (HAVE SEX)

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

screwverb

uk   /skruː/  us   /skruː/
  • 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 object similar 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 light bulb screws in. The steel rods screw together.
  • 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)

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screwnoun [C]

 us   /skru/
  • screw noun [C] (METAL FASTENER)

a thin piece of metal, usually with a pointed end and a flat top shaped 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]

 us   /skru/
  • screw verb [T] (CHEAT)

slang to cheat or deceive someone: He really got screwed on that stock tip.
  • screw verb [T] (FASTEN)

to fasten objects 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 loose bulb.
(Definition of screw from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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