One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a bolt or other device) having a helical ridge or thread running around the outside.‘any tappings that aren't being used on the cylinder can be fitted with screwed blanks’
- ‘I yelled while dragging him out of the house and stuffing my screwed beanie into my pocket.’
- ‘The blade near the handle is pinned, with the pin locked by a screwed collar.’
- ‘Devan blinked her eyes open, meeting the sight of her screwed bed sheets.’
- ‘They were constructed by welding together two hemispheres, with holes in each end for screwed fittings.’
- ‘Usually on an aluminum frame, those are riveted on, not screwed.’
2informal In a difficult or hopeless situation; ruined or broken.
- ‘Not only are there few jobs out there, but even when you get hired or have a job, people keep getting screwed one way or another, on pay, hours, you name it.’
- ‘We got screwed last time with him negotiating.’
- ‘It is fairly reasonable except if your basil's expensive - that's where I got screwed tonight.’
- ‘The people in poor countries are going to get even more royally screwed due to climate change.’
- ‘I've become interested in socialism because it seems to me under capitalism the worker gets screwed left and right.’
- ‘This is the first way in which you can find yourself royally screwed.’
3informal, archaic predicative Drunk.intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlinView synonyms
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