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1. verb, vulgar slang To have sex (with someone). She's been screwing her secretary for months behind her husband's back. I used to share an apartment with a couple who were screwing constantly. It was really unpleasant.
2. verb, rude slang Used as an imperative to express utter contempt, disdain, or disregard for someone or something. A: "Get out of here, pal." B: "I have every right to be here, so screw you!" Man, screw this. I'm sick and tired of this dead-end job. A: "What about our customers? Won't this put their investments in jeopardy?" B: "Maybe, but it benefits us—so screw 'em."
3. verb, rude slang To con, swindle, cheat, or unfairly deprive one; to put one at a disadvantage or in a difficult position, especially in an unfair or selfish manner. We should have won—that ref screwed us! Tom totally screwed us when he quit in the middle of the project!
4. noun, vulgar slang Sexual intercourse. It's been nearly four months. I'm in dire need of a good screw. If you're just looking for a screw, then you need to look elsewhere, buddy. I ain't that kind of gal.
5. noun, vulgar slang A sexual partner, especially solely as an object of gratification. Would you look at his body? I bet he's an amazing screw.
6. noun, dated slang A prison guard. The screws in this joint are sadistic. They're more dangerous than the other inmates.
rude slang A phrase of irritated dismissal used to indicate that one refuses to devote any further effort or thought toward something, and does not care about the consequences. Screw it, I'm not going to pass anyway, so there's reason for me to finish the project. I'm tired of analyzing all the possible scenarios. Screw it, I'm just going to go out there and play it by ear.
rude slang An interjection of angry dismissal or contempt. A: "Wow, you're a lousy mechanic, Ben." B: "Hey, your car's running, isn't it? So screw you!" Screw you! I'll didn't want to eat with you anyway!
1. rude slang Cheated or swindled; unfairly deprived or taken advantage of. I always bring my dad with me when I go to get my car repaired, because I'm always nervous I'll end up getting screwed. We should have won that game, but we were really screwed by the ref.
2. rude slang Having no chance of success or recovery; in a hopeless or unsalvageable position or situation. Man, we are totally screwed if we can't get this prototype working before the big presentation. After yet another flop on the market, the tech company is seeming pretty screwed these days. The cancer has metastasized in my bones, so the doctors all but told me I'm screwed.
3. vulgar slang Having had sex with someone. You're way too uptight, dude. You need to go out to a bar, pick up a chick, and get screwed.
4. slang Drunk. If you can't make it through a single weekend without getting screwed, then you might need some help with your drinking.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Go to hell, as in You won't help after all? Well, screw you! A euphemism for the still ruder fuck you, this slangy term dates from the mid-1900s.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
1. mod. copulated with. (Usually objectionable.) I got myself good and screwed, and I haven’t felt better in months.
2. mod. cheated. Wow, you got screwed on that watch.
3. and screwed tight mod. alcohol intoxicated. She’s not just drunk; she’s screwed tight.
4. mod. bested; defeated; cheated. I really got screwed at the garage.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
- (as) screwed up as Hogan's goat
- a turn of the screw
- be screwed
- be screwed up in the head
- blued, screwed, and tattooed
- get screwed
- have (one's) head screwed on (right)
- have a loose screw
- have a screw loose
- have got a loose screw
- have got a screw loose
- have one's head screwed on right
- have your head screwed on
- pluck up (one's) courage
- pluck up one's courage
- pluck up the courage to (do something)
- pluck/screw/summon up courage
- put the heat on
- put the heat on (one)
- put the screws
- put the screws on
- put the screws on (one)
- put the screws on someone
- put the screws to (someone)
- screw (one) around
- screw (one) out of (something)
- screw (one) over
- screw (one) up in the head
- screw (one's) courage to the sticking place
- screw (oneself) up to concert pitch
- screw (someone)/that
- screw (something) into (something)
- screw around
- screw around with
- screw around with (someone or something)
- screw around with someone or something
- screw back
- screw down
- screw him, you, that, etc.
- screw in
- screw into
- screw it
- screw loose, to have a
- screw off
- screw out of
- screw over
- screw someone or something up
- screw someone out of
- screw someone out of something
- screw someone over
- screw the pooch
- screw up
- screw up (one's) courage
- screw up (one's) courage to the sticking place
- screw up (one's) face
- screw up courage
- screw up the courage to (do something)
- screw up the works
- screw up your courage
- screw up, to
- screw with
- screw you
- screwed over
- screwed tight
- screwed up
- screwed up in the head
- screwed, blued, and tattooed
- stewed, screwed, and tattooed
- summon up (one's) courage
- summon up the courage to (do something)
- the screwing you get isn't worth the screwing you get
- tighten the screw
- tighten the screw(s) (on one)
- tighten the screws
- tighten the screws on (one)
- turn of the screw
- turn the screw on someone
- turn the screw(s) (on someone)
- turn up the heat on
- with a loose screw
- with a screw loose