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verb screw pronunciation in American English /skru/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyscrew
he/she/itscrews
present participlescrewing
past tensescrewed
past participlescrewed
  1. 1
    [transitive] to fasten one thing to another using screws

    Next screw the back and sides of the box together.

    screw something into/onto/to something:

    The rails need to be firmly screwed to the wall.

    1. a.
      to put something into its position by turning it like a screw

      Make sure you screw the lid on firmly to keep the contents fresh.

  2. 3
    [transitive] very informal to cheat someone, or to treat someone in an unfair way
    screw someone out of something:

    We were just screwed out of $20!

  3. 4
    [transitive] to make something into a smaller shape by squeezing or twisting it

    Peter kept his eyes screwed tightly shut.

    screw something into something:

    She was nervously screwing her tissue into a ball.

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