One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Denoting a screw with a cross-shaped slot for turning, the head of such a screw, or a corresponding screwdriver.‘the screws have deeply cut Phillips heads’‘a Phillips-head screwdriver’‘a Phillips screwdriver’
- ‘I told them if a Phillips screwdriver would not fit, then we could alter the screw to make a flat head screw driver fit.’
- ‘Once you install the screws by hand, you'll need to use a Phillips head screwdriver to tighten them.’
- ‘Trying to use a tool poorly suited for the job (like a slotted screw driver on a Phillips screw) often leads to poor results and frustration.’
- ‘Using a Phillips screwdriver, attach the lock to the screen with screws and cap nuts.’
- ‘The only tools required are a socket wrench with a long extension, a Phillips and regular screwdriver, and a hex key set.’
1930s: from the name of Henry F. Phillips (died 1958), the original American manufacturer.
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