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screw

noun uk   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] an act of twisting or turning made 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] slang (a word used especially by prisoners) a prison guard

screw noun (HAVE SEX)

[C] 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.

screw noun (INSTRUMENT)

screws [plural] →  thumbscrew

screw

verb uk   us   /skruː/

screw verb (TIGHT SHAPE)

[T + adv/prep] to tighten the muscles of your face or part of your face into a particular expression, especially one of disapproval or pain: He screwed his eyes tight shut against the bright light. The woman at the breakfast table screwed her mouth into a grimace. [T + adv/prep] to twist and crush something, especially paper or cloth, roughly with your hands: She screwed the bag up and threw it in the bin. He screwed the letter into a ball and flung it away.

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 (TURN)

[T usually + adv/prep] to fasten something by turning it or twisting it: Screw the lid firmly 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.
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