Synonyms of screw in English:


See definition of screw


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, gazump, fleece

overcharge, short-change

rip off, bilk, diddle, do, sting, soak, rob, clip, gyp, skin

North American stiff, gouge

British dated rush

archaic cozen

rare mulct


    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

      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


      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



    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

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


      scupper, cock up, dish


      euchre, cruel

      vulgar slang

      fuck up


      bring to naught


      sort out