screw

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screw something (on) (to something)

to attach something to something by the use of screws or other threaded fasteners. Screw the bracket onto the wall, will you? Screw on the bracket to the wall.

screw

1. tv. & in. to copulate [with] someone. (Very old. Usually objectionable.) The sailor wanted to screw somebody bad.
2. tv. & in. to cheat or deceive someone. You can count on somebody screwing you at a traveling carnival.
3. n. an act of copulation. (Usually objectionable.) The sailor said he needed a good screw.
4. n. a person with whom one can copulate. (Usually objectionable.) His teeth are crooked and his hands are callused, but he’s a good screw.
5. n. a jailer. (Very old. Underworld.) See if you can get the screw’s attention.
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References in classic literature ?
He continued to look at Fred with the same twinkle and with one of his habitual grimaces, alternately screwing and widening his mouth; and when he spoke, it was in a low tone, which might be taken for that of an informer ready to be bought off, rather than for the tone of an offended senior.
None too soon, Peter, every inch of him on tiptoe, vanished into the cabin; for more than one pirate was screwing up his courage to look round.
The old chap's screwing up his courage now with brandy and soda to tell you so!
He looked at him, screwing up his eyes and showing his long teeth.
Not in assent- -in dumb and pitying amazement; screwing up her lips the while with all their little force (they were never made for screwing up; I am clear of that), and looking the good Carrier through and through, in her abstraction.
They met a good many acquaintances; Mainhall, indeed, knew almost every one, and he babbled on incontinently, screwing his small head about over his high collar.
Below, Lee Goom and Toyama were lowering skylight covers and screwing up deadeyes.
At this moment, when the coachman and guard were comparing notes for the last time before starting, on the subject of the way-bill; when porters were screwing out the last reluctant sixpences, itinerant newsmen making the last offer of a morning paper, and the horses giving the last impatient rattle to their harness; Nicholas felt somebody pulling softly at his leg.
I was servant yonder for several years; but I couldn't stand their niggardly ways - she got ever longer and worse, did missis, with her nipping and screwing, and watching and grudging; so I thought I'd find another place.