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noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
put the screws on
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a fastener, usu. metal, having a sometimes tapered shank with a helical thread, driven into a surface by applying pressure to the head while turning it.
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definition 2: a rod or bolt carrying a helical thread to engage a threaded hole, used as a fastener or as a device to apply mechanical energy, as to tighten a clamp or lift a jack.
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definition 3: anything having a spiral or helical form.
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helix, spiral, twist, volute
definition 4: a device consisting of rotary blades oriented so that they pull or drive something by transferring helical force as they rotate; screw propeller.
screw propeller
definition 5: a twisting or turning motion.
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rotation, turn, twirl, twist, whirl, wring
definition 6: (vulgar slang) an act or instance of sexual intercourse.
fuck, lay
definition 7: (vulgar slang) a sex partner, usu. of a specified quality.
fuck, lay, piece
definition 8: (slang) a prison guard.
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phrase: put the screws on
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: screws, screwing, screwed
definition 1: to fasten or attach using a screw or screws.
She screwed the shelf up on the wall.
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bolt, fasten, rivet
definition 2: to adjust, attach, or detach (an object with a helical thread or a device using a screw) by turning (often fol. by on, in, up, or the like).
He screwed in the light bulb.This handle screws the vise closed.
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bolt, wind
definition 3: to distort by or as if by twisting (sometimes fol. by up).
He screwed up his face into a silly grin.
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contort, distort, gnarl, twist
definition 4: to impart energy or force to, as if by adding tension or pressure (usu. fol. by up).
She had to screw up her courage to write the letter.
definition 5: (slang) to take advantage of or cheat.
rip off
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bilk, burn, cheat, swindle
definition 6: (vulgar slang) to have sexual intercourse with.
ball, fuck, lay
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part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to twist or turn like a screw.
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turn, wind
definition 2: to become attached, detached, or adjusted by turning or being turned on a helical thread.
The light bulb screws in clockwise.
definition 3: (vulgar slang) to have sexual intercourse.
ball, fuck
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bed, couple, fornicate
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derivation: screwlike (adj.)
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