Origin and Etymology of screw
First Known Use: 15th century
in the meaning defined at sense 1a
- trying to screw up courage to confess
- —Will Scott
- use the available Federal machinery to screw our political enemies
- —J. W. Dean III
- screw you!
Examples of screw in a Sentence
I screwed the boards together.
The cupboards are screwed to the wall.
Screw the cap on tight.
Screw the light bulb into the fixture.
The lid screws onto the jar.
The light bulb screws right in.
beat, bilk, bleed, cheat, chisel, con, cozen, defraud, do, do in, fiddle, fleece, flimflam, gaff, gyp, hustle, mulct, pluck, ream, rip off, rook, shake down, short, shortchange, skin, squeeze, stick, stiff, sting, swindle, victimize;
sell a bill of goods to, take for a ride, take to the cleaners;
SCREW Defined for Kids
- Remember to screw the lid back on the jar.
- Her face was screwed up with pain.
- He had to screw up his nerve to ask.
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