Synonyms of screw in English:

screw


See definition of screw

noun

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

SYNONYMS

bolt, fastener

nail, pin, tack, spike, rivet, brad

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

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turn, twist, wrench, lever, heave

3‘the ship's twin screws’

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propeller, rotor


verb

1‘he screwed the lid back on the jar’

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tighten, turn, twist, wind, work

2‘I screwed the boards down tightly’

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

3‘she intended to screw money out of them’

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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’

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cheat, swindle, defraud, gazump, fleece

informal overcharge, short-change

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

North American informal stiff, gouge

British informal, dated rush

informal, archaic cozen

informal, rare mulct


Phrases

    put the screws on

      SYNONYMS

      pressurize, put pressure on, use pressure on, pressure, press, bring force to bear on, force, drive, impel, coerce, urge, push, nag

      informal

      lean on, prevail on

      informal

      dragoon, steamroller, browbeat, use strong-arm tactics on, have someone do something

      informal

      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’

      SYNONYMS

      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, 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

      dated

      touched

    screw something up

      1‘Christina screwed up her face in disgust’

      SYNONYMS

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

      2‘they'll screw up the whole economy’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      informal, vulgar slang

      fuck up

      archaic, informal

      bring to naught

      ANTONYMS

      sort out