Synonyms of screw in English:

screw


See definition of screw

noun

1‘fit the shelf to its supports with the screws provided’

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bolt, fastener
nail, pin, tack, spike, rivet, brad

2‘the handle needs a couple of screws to tighten it’

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turn, twist, wrench, lever, heave

3‘the ship's twin screws’

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propeller, rotor

verb

1‘he screwed the lid back on the jar’

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tighten, turn, twist, wind, work

2‘I screwed the boards down tightly’

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fasten, secure, fix, attach, clamp, bolt, rivet, batten

3‘she intended to screw money out of them’

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extort, force, extract, wrest, wring, squeeze
informal bleed someone of something

4‘they screwed him at least once, so now he doesn't trust them at all’

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cheat, swindle, defraud, gazump, fleece
overcharge, short-change
informal rip off, bilk, diddle, do, sting, soak, rob, clip, gyp, skin
North American informal stiff, gouge
British informal, dated rush
archaic cozen
rare mulct

Phrases

    with a screw loose

    ‘it really needs to be a person with a screw loose to commit violence’


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    unstable, unbalanced, of unsound mind, mentally ill, deranged, demented, crazed, troubled, disturbed, unhinged, insane, mad, mad as a hatter, mad as a March hare, raving mad, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, neurotic, psychotic

    non compos mentis

    informal

    crazy, loopy, loony, mixed up, nuts, nutty, nutty as a fruitcake, bananas, cracked, crackpot, daft, dippy, screwy, batty, dotty, cuckoo, bonkers, potty, mental, screwed up, not all there, off one's head, out of one's head, out to lunch, a bit lacking, round the bend, round the twist, away with the fairies

    British informal

    barmy, crackers, barking, barking mad, off one's trolley, off one's rocker, daft as a brush, not the full shilling

    North American informal

    nutsy, nutso, squirrelly, wacko, buggy

    dated

    touched

    put the screws on


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    informal

    pressurize, put pressure on, use pressure on, pressure, press, bring force to bear on, force, drive, impel, coerce, urge, push, nag

    lean on, prevail on

    dragoon, steamroller, browbeat, use strong-arm tactics on, have someone do something

    hold a gun to someone's head, hold a pistol to someone's head, put a gun to someone's head, put a pistol to someone's head

    informal

    put the heat on, put the squeeze on, twist someone's arm, railroad, bulldoze

    screw something up

    1‘Christina screwed up her face in disgust’


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    wrinkle, wrinkle up, pucker, crumple, crease, furrow, contort, distort, twist, purse

    2‘they'll screw up the whole economy’


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    informal

    wreck, ruin, destroy, devastate, wreak havoc on, reduce to nothing, damage, spoil, mar, injure, blast, blight, smash, shatter, dash, torpedo, scotch, make a mess of, mess up

    informal

    louse up, foul up, put the kibosh on, banjax, do for, blow a hole in, nix, queer

    British informal

    scupper, cock up, dish

    Australian informal

    euchre, cruel

    vulgar slang

    fuck up

    archaic

    bring to naught

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