1. in UK Und. uses.
(a) a general term for house-breaking, burglary.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 59/1: Jack, being ‘turned up’ as a ‘stall’ betook himself to his old ‘graft’ ‘screwing’.|
|‘Six Years in the Prisons of England’ Temple Bar Mag. Nov. 535: I did the screwing in this way. Wherever I saw a lobby lighted with gas, I looked in at the key-hole. If I saw anything worth lifting I ‘screwed’ the door.|
|West Gippsland Gaz. (Warragul, Vic.) 28 Feb. 6/3: I’m not thinking of Christmas; yer see it’s a good time for screwing.|
|Autobiog. of a Thief 230: ‘Well, mate, what are you up for?’ [...] ‘Stealing, mostly.’ [...] ‘Stealing? Oh, you means “screwing”?’.|
|Gilt Kid 20: ‘I got nicked for screwing. That’s my lark, really.’ Somehow, he felt ashamed at having to admit himself to be just an ordinary burglar.|
|Und. Nights 121: He’d been screwing – housebreaking – in and around London for four years.|
|Up the Junction 91: I thought of going back to screwing for living.|
|Inside the Und. 28: [They] settled down to what is known as professional ‘screwing’.|
|Villain’s Tale 34: A bit of screwing, that does me.|
(b) (also screwing job) an act of burglary.
|Cockney Cavalcade 145: ‘I had it off last night.’ ‘You did? [...] Where? What? ‘Screwing’?’.|
|They Drive by Night 104: ‘I’ll have to get some, that’s all.’ ‘How?’ ‘Do a screwing job.’.|
|Scarperer (1966) 40: A screwing job more than likely.|
|Und. Nights 21: I couldn’t see Monty Rose, much less Morry Norris, the Pussyfence, going out on a screwing job.|
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 18: Some good screwing jobs to be done around here.|
|(con. 1920s) Burglar to the Nobility 105: They’re forced to do a screwing job and bust into one of the farms around the Moor.|
|(con. mid-1960s) Glasgow Gang Observed 116: Tim’s standard reply to enquiries as to his intentions on release from the approved school, ‘Ah’m goin’ straight – straigh tae a screwin’ joab’.|
|Spike Island (1981) 531: The lad who’d been doing all these screwings, housebreakings and shopbreakings in the area was eighteen.|
2. as synons. of fucking n.
(a) punishment; harsh or unfair treatment.
|Sportsman 6 Dec. n.p.: He was next trained to run at Haydock in September, and got a good screwing for an unfurnished puppy sixteen months old [F&H].|
|DAUL 187/1: Screwing. A raw deal; unwarranted abuse; a swindle; a betrayal.et al.|
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 280: He’s just got fifty-one more screwings to go until next year.|
|Snitch Jacket 9: It’s you who gets the screwing if you lie.|
(b) sexual intercourse.
|Lustful Memoirs of a Young and Passionated Girl 20: When he asked what I knew about getting in the family way, I said, ‘I know about screwing.’.|
|Companion Volume 248: Screwing [...] that’s what we’ll be doing in a minute.|
|‘All Around Man’ [lyrics] Now I ain’t no plumber, no plumber’s son, / I can do your screwin’ till the plumber man comes.|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 185: They’re no different from you and me, especially the ones that have had their screwing.|
|Ginger Man (1958) 264: The Irish feel that children are brought down upon them by the wrath of God for screwing.|
|All Night Stand 37: I didn’t get much sleep at all, not through screwing or that, but just because I didn’t have me bed to meself.|
|Close Quarters (1987) 133: Come home, Sweetstick, and bring the jewels, I could dig some good downhome screwing.|
|Davo’s Little Something 14: Any lumbering or screwing that had to be done all took place at Davo’s unit.|
(c) attrib. use of sense 2b.
|(ref. to late 19C) Amer. Madam (1981) 118: They usually begin by building up a little screwing trade in the afternoons.|
(d) cheating, fooling, deceiving.
|Amboy Dukes 148: She’s my girl and she gave me a screwing.|
|(con. 1920s) Hoods (1953) 182: The players certainly get a good screwing in that joint.|
|How to Talk Dirty 75: It looked as if the store was taking a big screwing.|
|Digger’s Game (1981) 18: That’s a screwing [...] I was only in here since six.|
|(con. 1960s) Black Gangster (1991) 232: That’s just who I figured you’d want to give the screwing to.|