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screw Idioms & Phrases


A screw loose

  • something out of order, so that work is not done smoothly; as, there is a screw loose somewhere. H. Martineau.
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allen screw

  • noun a screw with a hexagonal hole in the head
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Archimedean screw, or Archimedes' screw

  • an instrument, said to have been invented by Archimedes, for raising water, formed by winding a flexible tube round a cylinder in the form of a screw. When the screw is placed in an inclined position, and the lower end immersed in water, by causing the screw to revolve, the water is raised to the upper end.
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Archimedes screw, Compound screw, Foot screw, etc.

  • See under Archimedes, Compound, Foot, etc.
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bed screw

Bed" screw`
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  1. (Naut.) A form of jack screw for lifting large bodies, and assisting in launching.
  2. A long screw formerly used to fasten a bedpost to one of the adjacent side pieces.
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bottle screw

  • noun a bottle opener that pulls corks
    corkscrew.
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cap screw

  • noun a threaded screw for machine parts; screws into a tapped hole
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Compound screw

  • (Mech.), a screw having on the same axis two or more screws with different pitch (a differential screw), or running in different directions (a right and left screw).
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Differential screw

  • a compound screw by which a motion is produced equal to the difference of the motions of the component screws.
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Endless, ∨ perpetual screw

  • a screw used to give motion to a toothed wheel by the action of its threads between the teeth of the wheel; called also a worm.
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Endless screw

  • . (Mech.) See under Screw.
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Feathering screw

  • (Naut.), a screw propeller, of which the blades may be turned so as to move edgewise through the water when the vessel is moving under sail alone.
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Feed screw

  • in lathes, a long screw employed to impart a regular motion to a tool rest or tool, or to the work.
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Fillister screw had

  • a short cylindrical screw head, having a convex top.
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Foot screw

  • an adjusting screw which forms a foot, and serves to give a machine or table a level standing on an uneven place.
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Hand screw

  • a small jack for raising heavy timbers or weights; (Carp.) a screw clamp.
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hindleys screw

Hind"ley"s screw`
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  1. (Mech.) A screw cut on a solid whose sides are arcs of the periphery of a wheel into the teeth of which the screw is intended to work. It is named from the person who first used the form.
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Hunter's screw

  • (Mech.), a differential screw, so named from the inventor. See under Differential.
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Interior screw

  • a screw cut on an interior surface, as in a nut; a female screw.
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Lag screw

  • noun a heavy woodscrew with a square or hexagonal head that is driven in with a wrench
    lag bolt.
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  • an iron bolt with a square head, a sharp-edged thread, and a sharp point, adapted for screwing into wood; a screw for fastening lags.
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Lead screw

  • (Mach.), the main longitudinal screw of a lathe, which gives the feed motion to the carriage.
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Left-handed screw

  • a screw constructed to advance away from the observer, when turned, as in a nut, with a left-handed rotation. An ordinary wood screw is right-handed.
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Lighter screw

  • (Mach.), a screw for adjusting the distance between the stones in a grinding mill by raising or lowering the bridgetree.
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Machine screw

  • noun a screw used either with a nut or with a tapped hole; slotted head can be driven by a screwdriver
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  • a screw or bolt adapted for screwing into metal, in distinction from one which is designed especially to be screwed into wood.
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Male screw

  • (Mech.), a screw having threads upon its exterior which enter the grooves upon the inside of a corresponding nut or female screw.
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metal screw

  • noun screw made of metal
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Micrometer screw

  • a screw with a graduated head used in some forms of micrometers.
  • a screw with fine threads, used for the measurement of very small spaces.
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nut-leaved screw tree

  • noun East Indian shrub often cultivated for its hairy leaves and orange-red flowers
    Helicteres isora.
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Perpetual screw

  • . See Endless screw, under Screw.
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phillips screw

  • noun a screw with a special head having crossed slots
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Right and left screw

  • a screw having threads upon the opposite ends which wind in opposite directions.
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Right-handed screw

  • a screw, the threads of which, like those of a common wood screw, wind spirally in such a direction that screw advances away from the observer when turned with a right-handed movement in a fixed nut.
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Sand screw

  • (Zoöl.), an amphipod crustacean (Lepidactylis arenarius), which burrows in the sandy seabeaches of Europe and America.
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Screw alley

  • . See Shaft alley, under Shaft.
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screw auger

  • noun hand tool for boring holes
    auger; gimlet; wimble.
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screw augur

  • noun an orchid of the genus Spiranthes having tall erect densely flowered spiraling clusters of creamy white vanilla-scented flowers; widely distributed especially in low damp places of eastern and central North America
    Spiranthes cernua.
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Screw bean

  • noun spirally twisted sweet pod of screwbean mesquite that is used for fodder or ground into meal for feed
  • noun shrub or small tree of southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico having spirally twisted pods
    screwbean; tornillo; Prosopis pubescens; screwbean mesquite.
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  • . (Bot.) (a) The curious spirally coiled pod of a leguminous tree (Prosopis pubescens) growing from Texas to California. It is used for fodder, and ground into meal by the Indians. (b) The tree itself. Its heavy hard wood is used for fuel, for fencing, and for railroad ties.
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Screw bolt

  • a bolt having a screw thread on its shank, in distinction from a key bolt. See 1st Bolt, 3.
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Screw box

  • a device, resembling a die, for cutting the thread on a wooden screw.
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Screw dock

  • . See under Dock.
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Screw engine

  • a marine engine for driving a screw propeller.
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screw eye

  • noun a woodscrew having its shank bent into a ring
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Screw gear

  • . See Spiral gear, under Spiral.
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Screw jack

  • noun screw-operated jack
    jackscrew.
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  • . Same as Jackscrew.
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Screw key

  • noun a wrench for turning a screw
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  • a wrench for turming a screw or nut; a spanner wrench.
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screw log

  • noun a cigar-shaped log with rotary fins that measure the ship's speed
    taffrail log; patent log.
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Screw machine

  • . (a) One of a series of machines employed in the manufacture of wood screws. (b) A machine tool resembling a lathe, having a number of cutting tools that can be caused to act on the work successively, for making screws and other turned pieces from metal rods.
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Screw pine

  • noun any of various Old World tropical palmlike trees having huge prop roots and edible conelike fruits and leaves like pineapple leaves
    pandanus.
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  • (Bot.), any plant of the endogenous genus Pandanus, of which there are about fifty species, natives of tropical lands from Africa to Polynesia; named from the spiral arrangement of the pineapple-like leaves.
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Screw plate

  • a device for cutting threads on small screws, consisting of a thin steel plate having a series of perforations with internal screws forming dies.
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Screw press

  • a press in which pressure is exerted by means of a screw.
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Screw propeller

  • noun a propeller with several angled blades that rotates to push against water or air
    screw.
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  • a screw or spiral bladed wheel, used in the propulsion of steam vessels; also, a steam vessel propelled by a screw.
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Screw shell

  • (Zoöl.), a long, slender, spiral gastropod shell, especially of the genus Turritella and allied genera. See Turritella.
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Screw steamer

  • a steamship propelled by a screw.
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Screw stone

  • (Paleon.), the fossil stem of an encrinite.
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Screw thread

  • noun the raised helical rib going around a screw
    thread.
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  • the spiral which forms a screw.
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Screw tree

  • noun a tree or shrub of the genus Helicteres
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  • (Bot.), any plant of the genus Helicteres, consisting of about thirty species of tropical shrubs, with simple leaves and spirally twisted, five-celled capsules; also called twisted-horn, and twisty.
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screw up

  • verb make more intense
    heat up; hot up.
    • Emotions were screwed up
  • verb make a mess of, destroy or ruin
    muck up; foul up; blow; botch up; botch; bollix; fumble; mishandle; bollocks; bumble; ball up; bobble; bollocks up; spoil; bollix up; fuck up; fluff; flub; bodge; muff; louse up; mess up; bungle.
    • I botched the dinner and we had to eat out
    • the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement
  • verb screw or turn higher
  • verb twist into a strained configuration
    • screw up one's face
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Screw valve

  • a stop valve which is opened or closed by a screw.
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Screw worm

  • (Zoöl.), the larva of an American fly (Compsomyia macellaria), allied to the blowflies, which sometimes deposits its eggs in the nostrils, or about wounds, in man and other animals, with fatal results.
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Screw wrench

  • noun adjustable wrench that has one jaw that can be adjusted by turning a screw
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  • . (a) A wrench for turning a screw. (b) A wrench with an adjustable jaw that is moved by a screw.
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screw-cutting

Screw"-cut`ting adjective
Definitions
  1. Adapted for forming a screw by cutting; as, a screw-cutting lathe.
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screw-driver

Screw"-driv`er noun
Definitions
  1. A tool for turning screws so as to drive them into their place. It has a thin end which enters the nick in the head of the screw.
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screw-loose

  • adjective satellite not behaving normally
    screwy.
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screw-pine family

  • noun family of woody plants of the order Pandanales including pandanus
    family Pandanaceae; Pandanaceae.
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screw-topped

  • adjective satellite having a lid with a spiral groove
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Set screw

  • (Mach.), a screw, sometimes cupped or printed at one end, and screwed through one part, as of a machine, tightly upon another part, to prevent the one from slipping upon the other.
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Side screw

  • (Firearms), one of the screws by which the lock is secured to the side of a firearm stock.
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Tangent screw

  • (Mach.), an endless screw; a worm.
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Temper screw

  • in deep well boring, an adjusting screw connecting the working beam with the rope carrying the tools, for lowering the tools as the drilling progresses.
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textile screw pine

  • noun Polynesian screw pine
    lauhala; Pandanus tectorius.
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Thrusting screw

  • the screw of a screw press, as for pressing curd in making cheese. R.
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To put the screw, ∨ screws, on

  • to use pressure upon, as for the purpose of extortion; to coerce.
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To put under the screwscrews

  • to subject to presure; to force.
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To screw in

  • to force in by turning or twisting.
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To screw out

  • to press out; to extort.
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To screw up

  • to force; to bring by violent pressure. Howell. (b) to damage by unskillful effort; to bungle; to botch; to mess up. (c) [intrans] to fail by unskillful effort, usu. causing unpleasant consequences.
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Turn screw

  • a screw driver.
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Twin-screw steamer

  • a steam vessel propelled by two screws, one on either side of the plane of the keel.
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water screw

Wa"ter screw`
Definitions
  1. A screw propeller.
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wing screw

  • noun a threaded nut with winglike projections for thumb and forefinger leverage in turning
    butterfly nut; thumbnut; wing nut; wing-nut.
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Wood screw

  • a metal screw formed with a sharp thread, and usually with a slotted head, for insertion in wood.
  • a metal screw with a sharp thread of coarse pitch, adapted to holding fast in wood. See Illust. of Wood screw, under Wood.
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