|Ingoldsby Legends (1840) 164: Alone it stood, while its fellows lay strew’d, / Like a four-bottle man in a company ‘screw’d,’ / Not firm on his legs.‘Witches’ Frolic’ in|
|Martin Chuzzlewit (1995) 408: Divers kind-hearted boys [...] in their simple language, bade her to be of good cheer, for she was ‘only a little screwed’.|
|Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) I 85: By Jove, you must have been screwed!|
|Journal (1931) 3 Dec. 266: Afterwards went to the ‘Fashion’ where Toby got very screwed.|
|London Life 44: I’m blessed if my lord ain’t screwed already.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 20 Nov. 12/1: Careful actors get their ‘screw,’ negligent ones get ‘screwed’ .|
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 352: By that time the claret had gone round prety often; and without being screwed, we’d all had our tongues loosened a bit.|
|My Secret Life (1966) II 352: We had more wine, and then we all were pretty well screwed.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 10 May 6/2: The artiste is in receipt of a large salary [...] and it would seem as though the abundant ‘screw’ had tempted her to become ‘screwed’.|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 276: King must ha’ been as screwed as an owl when he wrote it out.‘Last Term’|
|Punch 11 Apr. 258/4: First Convivial Party. I rec’lleckpictcherin Punsh where chap d’cided whether he wash shcrew’d or no if he could pronounsh wordsh ‘Bri’sh Conshtoosh’un’.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 9 Oct. 1/1: Two rakish solicitors of Perth are, when screwed, no connoisseurs of champagne.|
|Eddy 75: Got a bit screwed at the club.|
|Ulysses 339: You never saw him anyway screwed but still and for all that she would not like him for a father.|
|Coonardoo 305: He was well-screwed and in great form.|
|Best of Myles (1968) 338: Drunk; jarred; [...] spiflicated; screwed; tight.|
|I Like ’Em Tough (1958) 54: The screwed shamus.‘Now Die In It’|
2. in senses of screw v. (2b)
(a) (also screwed over, scrod) cheated, deceived.
|Life of an Actor 271: ‘Why,’ replied Mug-Cutter, ‘those angels were screwed so tight by the manager of Scanty Corner, they were compelled to leave him’.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 43: I’ve been punched, kicked, screwed, defrauded, knocked down.|
|letter 18 June in Charters II (1999) 208: He SHOULD be yr agent or you’ll be screwed on subsidiary rights later on.|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 3: screwed – to get the worst end of a deal, to be taken advantage of.|
|Maledicta III:1+2 55: Males in particular [...] who have been denied promotion, given low grades, received inadequate pay rises, been fired, jilted [...] etc. commonly relate that they have been screwed, fucked (royally), diddled, butt-fucked, fucked over and so on.|
|College Sl. Dict. [Internet] scrod [MIT] to have been screwed over.|
|Llama Parlour 41: Everybody’s pedlin’ their ass in this town [...] We’re all gettin’ screwed.|
|Da Bomb [Internet] 25: Screwed: [...] 3. Put in a bad position. You got screwed on that paper.|
(b) in trouble.
|Sporting Times 8 Feb. 3/1: Now Victor and I have quarrelled as to which gets the more hopelessly screwed in France, the solider boy who draws a good number, or the one that picks a stumer.|
|DN II:i 58: screwed, p.p. used as adj. In phrase ‘to get screwed.’ 1. Deceived. 2. ‘Flunked’ in recitation or examination.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 16: It was a cinch we were screwed.|
|Junkie (1966) 123: You’re screwed right there. It’s eight years for selling this stuff.|
|Essential Lenny Bruce 197: You’re screwed — there’s nothing to do.|
|Tales of the City (1984) 12: If you can’t deal with your own sexuality, hon, you’re gonna get screwed but good in this town.|
|Brown’s Requiem 199: I would have to make a computer check of all births on those dates, which might prove difficult and futile; for if Jane and Fat Dog were born outside L.A. County, I was screwed.|
|Skin Tight 54: ‘So I’m screwed,’ Chemo said.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 108: I saw in the papers where the weatherman said there’d be rain early tomorrow. If he’s right we’ll be screwed.|
|Stormy Weather 97: Somebody recognizes my face, we’re screwed.|
|Guardian Rev. 1 Jan. 5: I’m screwed if I do, buggered if I don’t.|
|Out of Bounds (2017) 76: ‘Accessing his adoption records won’t affect his medical state.’ ‘So, I’m screwed?’.|
3. (Aus./US, also screwed out) worn out with hard work.
|Man from Snowy River (1902) 91: I noticed the poor old grey, / Weary and battered and screwed, of course.‘In the Droving Days’|
|Erections, Ejaculations etc. 113: I was done ahead of time – baked, fucked, screwed-out, nothing left.|
|Harry Lorrequer 19: Even he, it is said, never ventured on such an approximation to intimacy, until he was [...] ‘half screwed’.|
|Lewis Arundel 336: He was more than half screwed when he left the dinner-table.|
1. (US) comprehensively defeated; suffering very great harm.
|Camino Real Block Sixteen: Had for a button! Stewed, screwed, and tattooed on the Camino Real!|
|(con. early 1950s) Valhalla 232: They were, as Poke put it, ‘screwed, blued, and tattooed’.|
|In the Life 6: I’ve been laid, relaid, and parlayed; screwed, blewed, and tattooed.|
|Carlito’s Way 130: You try to do the right thing and you get screwed, blued and tatooed.|
|Red, White and Blue 374: I was screwed, blued and tattooed. You know it, Wanchai?|
|Brazzaville Beach 302: A phrase came into my head that John had learned in America: screwed, blued and tattooed. Yes, I thought, that’s what's happened to me, I’ve been screwed, blued and tattooed .|
|Dixon Avenue 74: ‘You’re screwed, blued and tattooed.’ You are really out of luck.|
|Mirage 259: We had better make damned sure we don’t get caught or we are screwed, blued and tattooed my man.|
2. (also screwed and tattooed) an excl. of delight.
|(con. 1940s) Do Not Go Gentle (1962) 260: The Army — I’ll be screwed and tatooed!|
1. in serious financial difficulties.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 217/2: Screwed up (Artisans’). Without money – can’t move. More emphatically – screwed up in a corner.|
2. (US) emotionally stimulated with alcohol, drunk.
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 55: I guess I must ha’ [...] got screwed up, and they put me to bunk.|
|Valley of the Moon (1914) 208: An’ if Frank hadn’t ben screwed up with whisky he’d never a-done it.|
3. in a mess, out of order, malfunctioning.
|Black Mask (1992) 205: An upstairs door found screwed up [...] thief gone and jewels with him.|
|20 Jan. in Flying Tiger’s Diary (1984) 77: It was a completely screwed up mission.|
|Catcher in the Rye (1958) 34: The arrangements got all screwed up.|
|City of Night 304: Screwed-up world without laws!|
|Shaft 64: They were all caught in this whole screwed-up period of testing and rejecting authority.|
|Patriot Game (1985) 39: The traffic’s pretty well screwed up here.|
|Skull Session 463: Maybe the lines were screwed up in some way.|
|‘Screwed Up’ [lyrics] Fuck you! Fuck you! I’m screwed up.|
4. neurotic, very miserable, anxious.
|Gun for Sale (1973) 1: He turned into one of the tall grey houses and climbed the stairs, a sour bitter screwed-up figure.|
|Cry Tough! 18: Hounding them [...] until they were both nuts with worry and so screwed up that they couldn’t think straight with watching each other.|
|Dud Avocado (1960) 217: I wonder how I got so screwed up?|
|Inside Daisy Clover (1966) 145: Look what happens when you go away, you get all screwed up and just sit in a hotel room listening to Bessie.|
|(con. 1960s) Spend, Spend, Spend (1978) 170: My belly and my mind were all screwed up.|
|London Embassy 14: He’s mentally screwed up, he really is.|
|Trainspotting 274: She’s pretty mad, like, screwed-up and tense.|
|Fortress of Solitude 427: You’re just grateful, because you looked so screwed up before he fixed you.|
5. absurd, improbable, unlikely.
|All Night Stand 65: Is there anything more screwed up than the idea of a kraut pimp?|
|(con. 1966) Lords of Discipline 22: He’s got one of those screwed-up Charleston first names.|