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.
- ‘The blade near the handle is pinned, with the pin locked by a screwed collar.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Devan blinked her eyes open, meeting the sight of her screwed bed sheets.’
- ‘I yelled while dragging him out of the house and stuffing my screwed beanie into my pocket.’
2informal In a difficult or hopeless situation; ruined or broken.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The people in poor countries are going to get even more royally screwed due to climate change.’
- ‘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.’
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