Green’s Dictionary of Slang

screwing n.

[screw v.]

1. in UK Und. uses.

(a) [mid-19C+] a general term for house-breaking, burglary.

(b) [1930s+] (also screwing job) an act of burglary.

2. as synons. of fucking n.

(a) [late 19C+] punishment; harsh or unfair treatment.

(b) [20C+] sexual intercourse.

(c) attrib. use of sense 2b.

(d) [1920s+] cheating, fooling, deceiving.