Synonyms of screw in English:


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See UK English definition of screw

See Spanish definition of tornillo


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

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

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

turn, twist, wrench, lever, heave

3‘the ship's twin screws’

propeller, rotor


1‘he screwed the lid back on the jar’

tighten, turn, twist, wind, work

2‘I screwed the boards down tightly’

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

3‘she intended to screw money out of them’

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’

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


    screw something up

    1‘Christina screwed up her face in disgust’

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

    2‘they'll screw up the whole economy’

    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

    sort out

    put the screws on

    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
    with a screw loose

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

    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, dippy, screwy, cuckoo, bonkers, mental, screwed up, not all there, off one's head, out of one's head, out to lunch, a bit lacking, round the bend
    British informal barmy, crackers, barking, barking mad, batty, dotty, daft, daft as a brush, potty, off one's trolley, off one's rocker, not the full shilling, round the twist, away with the fairies
    North American informal nutsy, nutso, squirrelly, wacko, buggy
    dated touched