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verb screw pronunciation in British English /skruː/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlescrewing
past tensescrewed
past participlescrewed
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  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. 2
    [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. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] impolite to have sex with someone
  4. 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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