General English


  • noun a type of threaded connector used to fix things together by rotating it

Cars & Driving

  • noun a threaded fastener, similar to a bolt, but fully threaded and with a slotted, hexagonal head, round head, flat head, fillister head or socket head and often a shank which tapers to a point


  • A fastener with an external thread.


  • noun rotary motion, or ‘break’, imparted to the ball by the bowler, causing it to change direction on pitching; the term is borrowed from the vocabulary of snooker and billiards
    Citation ‘The next ball, very swift, with lots of screw on, is snicked into the slips’ (W. G. Grace in Outdoor Games and Recreations 1891)

Real Estate

  • noun a piece of metal with a tapering threaded body and grooved head by which it is turned into something in order to fasten things together
  • noun a screw with a blunt end onto which a nut is fitted to hold two objects together


  • noun a prison guard. This is the standard term applied to prison officers by inmates since the 19th century. It derives from the archaic use of the same word to mean key. Thus ‘turnscrew’, later shortened to screw, was a synonym for ‘turnkey’.
  • noun an income, wage or salary. In this sense, first recorded in the mid-19th century, the word almost invariably occurs as part of the common phrase ‘(on) a good screw’.
  • verb to stare (at). In working-class London speech, especially among skinheads of the late 1960s, the question ‘Who’re you screwin’?’ was often the prelude to violence. It has been suggested that this use of the word is in origin a shortening of scrutinise, but this seems hard to credit. screwing up one’s eyes or metaphorically boring a hole into someone are other possibilities.
  • verb to rob, in the argot of the underworld