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verb     screw pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
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. b.
      to turn something round and round
  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
    screw something into something:

    She was nervously screwing her tissue into a ball.

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