1. to render drunk [i.e. screwed adj. (1)].
|Covent-Garden Weeded V i: A quart-draught of good Canarie will so screw him up.|
|My Secret Life (1966) VI 1243: I expect it would have taken a lot of gin to have screwed her.|
2. as a synon. for fuck v.
(a) to have sexual intercourse; poss. the most common example of the equation sex = violence; cit. 1833 is a double entendre.
|[||‘There Was Three Birds’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) I 140: The third he went merrily in; / O never went Wimble in Timber more nimble / With so little screwing, and knocking on’t in].|
|New Canting Dict. n.p.: To Screw, to copulate with a Woman.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. 1725].|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|‘The Plumber’s Ball-cock’ in Swell!!! or, Slap-Up Chaunter 24: The plumber, in her closet, now put a long waste pipe, / And thereby made it leak again, which caused her oft to wipe; / So out again, with all his main / He pull’d it, which caus’d a disaster, / Her back premises o’erflow’d, / And she cried come screw the cock in faster.|
|in Stories the Soldiers Wouldn’t Tell (1994) ) 37: I screwed a white woman the other day.|
|Diary vol. 9 9 Sept. q. in Jrnl Hist. Sexuality (2002) July 443: A classmate of mine screwed his girl twelve times and went at her a thirteenth time.|
|My Secret Life (1966) II 351: Soon after, down they came, looking screwed, lewed, and annoyed that the bets were off.|
|Lustful Memoirs of a Young and Passionated Girl 26: Men screw their wives — what do they do to keep from getting in the family way?|
|‘O’Reilly’ in(1979) 166: Who should it be but the one-eyed Reilly / [...] / Looking for the man who’d screwed his daughter.|
|A Hasty Bunch 182: It has left me with a pain in the loin [...] like leaving a woman half-screwed.‘A Vacation’s Job’ in|
|(ref. to late 19C) Amer. Madam (1981) 94: If you can get them to screw, get them into bed for the nookie.|
|World I Never Made 114: My father, he screwed me when I was thirteen.|
|in Limerick (1953) 1: There’s a charming young lady named Beaulieu / Who’s often been screwed by yours truly.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 99: All the soldiers want to screw them.|
|Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1964) 127: I dreamt I was screwing this broad.|
|All Night Stand 54: So they can get screwed in the back of some kraut Mercedes by a couple of wurst-reeking Germans.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 51: You take off your clothes and screw all day.|
|Kings X Hooker 26: [O]ne day he would fling it at his son ... that even he had screwed between her legs ... and such legs.|
|Bodhrán Makers 303: He’d screw a rat through a manhole cover.|
|Smiling in Slow Motion (2000) 222: I remember him screwing in the back rooms of Heaven.diary 23 Sept.|
|Sopranos 136: Ah got really horny when I saw the two of them screwing.|
|Chopper 3 6: Chopper, don’t you want to screw me?|
|Life 95: Mick had come back drunk [...] and screwed his old lady.|
(b) (orig. US, also screw with) to cheat, to swindle, to take advantage of, to treat badly or unfairly; often as screw someone for... [note earlier screw up v. (1); cf. screw out of ; screw over ].
|Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 102: She makes them pay through the nose, and has at this time a very artful method of screwing the utmost farthing.|
|Real Life in Ireland 236: I sacked four thousand pounds in Dick Martin’s notes, that he had screwed from the boys.|
|Comic Almanack Mar. 129: And they / Are nailed for pounds, who screw for pence all day.|
|Letter-bag of the Great Western (1873) xvi: My patron, tired of screwing the public, will screw epistles, and become king of the ‘penny-a-line’ tribe.|
|Vanity Fair II 131: You’d have been screwed in gaol, Bute, if I had not kept your money.|
|G’hals of N.Y. 92: One boss cheats ’em [...] then a third screws ’em down so, that if they didn’t get up at daybreak, and work till their eyes was almost a-droppin’ out o’ their pretty heads, they’d starve!|
|Lewisburg Chron. (PA) 4 Jan. 7/3: But blacker yet the brows of those, / Who hoped our purses to unclose — / [...] / By ‘screwing’ hard, through leaky law.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 20 Aug. Red Page/1: Then sittin’ tight w’en darncin’s ud its fling, / En kiddin’ to yerself yer jist the one – / Until some screwin’, crook son uv a gun / The cliner grabs, en’ show yer’ve ’ad a string.|
|What’s In It For Me? 33: Who’re you screwing? What’s your racket now?|
|(con. 1944) Gallery (1948) 299: I know she oney did it to screw me for a hundred lira more.|
|Swell-Looking Babe 123: You let her screw you for your share of the dough.|
|Rockabilly (1963) 144: The ones we deal with won’t screw us, but the others’d sell a story like this to our audience in a minute.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 100: You never screwed me yet.|
|Skin Tight 177: That asshole in Queens had screwed him royal.|
|Indep. on Sun. Culture 22 Aug. 2: Everyone gets screwed. The lousy thing is being screwed by people you don’t know. But we’re your friends. We do it nicely.|
|Chopper 3 6: I mightn’t have screwed Tanya but she screwed me.|
|Happy Mutant Baby Pills 76: The man who screwed me owns a lot of companies. He’s powerful.|
(c) (orig. US) to ruin, to pervert, to upset.
|(con. 1915) Canvas Falcons (1970) 268: Later John said we had screwed our youth. I always felt our youth had screwed us, made us opaque to reality.‘A Flier’s War’ in Longstreet|
|in Derelicts of Company K (1978) 296: Them cocksuckers’re always figurin’ some way to screw us.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 153: ‘But you screwed me on that last card, Angelo,’ he accused.|
|Native Tongue 197: That what you’re saying? Somebody on the inside trying to screw with our plans?|
|in Westsiders 274: Nobody knew how deep it screwed me.|
(d) used as a synon./euph. for fuck v. (3), e.g. screw the government!; often as screw you!
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 198: ‘Screw the ballistics department,’ I said.|
|Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 177: I’m a bloody billy-goat trying to screw the world, and no wonder I am, because it’s trying to do the same to me.|
|Pulling a Train’ (2012) [ebook] ‘We aren’t ready to break up the partnership yet, Deek.’ ‘Screw that noise, I said I want out and out is where I’m goin’’.‘Sex Gang’ in|
|Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 102: Screw him. He’s a burglar anyway.|
|(con. 1940s) Confessions 50: Screw my mother [...] It’s not her they’ll be hanging.|
|Blind Man with a Pistol (1971) 109: ‘He’s the people,’ he said defensively. ‘Screw the people!’ Coffin Ed said.|
|(con. 1969) Dispatches 198: Screw all this bullshit.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 122: Screw TV. And screw me.|
|Christine 177: ‘Screw the office!’ Buddy cried.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 322: ‘Well screw him, eh?’ he said finally.|
|Body of Evidence (1992) 344: I told her to stay here. I told her to screw the rent, that she could stay.|
|One Hot Summer in St Petersburg 273: Oh screw all that in-Russia-it’s-always stuff.|
|Everybody Smokes in Hell 42: Screw the cops. Call the papers.|
|Stingray Shuffle 268: Screw this [...] I know a trick.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 12: Screw ’em [...] Fuck’s in a name?|
|IOL SA News 13 Oct. [Internet] If anyone wants to say anything else, then screw them.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Screw our father, his money and his messages. Screw the old men and their stories.‘A Forgiving Kind of Nature’ in|
(e) lit. and fig., to hurt.
|Apprentices (1970) I iv: Leave me alone or I’ll screw you in the second half.|
|Signs of Crime 200: Screw [...] (d) to deal harshly with, ‘I’ll screw the rat!’.|
|Body of Evidence (1992) 344: It’s screwed me, too, PJ. [...] I’m living Beryl’s nightmare.|
|This Is How You Lose Her 5: You couldn’t think of anybody worse to screw than Magda.|
(f) (US) to sodomize.
|Tattoo the Wicked Cross (1981) 208: Never! I don’t care if every nigger in the institute screws you.|
|Maledicta II:1+2 Summer/Winter 117: There are other, more general if less modern and correct, studies of Cockney rhyming slang, though they tend to skirt [...] me and you (‘screw’, which in England often means pay packet or wages but has come to mean, as in the US, ‘fuck’, stuff even bugger).|
3. (US campus) in terms based on SE screw, to pressurize or screw n.3
(a) to subject a student to an extremely searching examination.
|Our Chronicle of ’26 in(1856) 405: He was a wise man, and a good man, too, / And robed himself in green whene’er he came to screw.|
|Harvardiana III 255: Have I been screwed, yea, deaded morn and eve, / Some dozen moons of this collegiate life.|
|Rebelliad 53: Who would let a tutor knave / Screw him like a Grecian slave!|
|College Words (rev. edn) 404: screw. To press with an excessive and unneccessarily minute examination.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 12 Oct. 3/3: A medical student [...] had been screwed very hard at his examination for admission to the faculty.|
|DN II:i 58: screw, v. To give a hard examination.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
(b) to fail a test or examination.
4. in senses of screw n.1 (2)
(a) to break into, to rob, orig. with a skeleton key; note var. unscrew in cit. 1846.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 264: To screw a place is to enter it by false keys.|
|Swell’s Night Guide 59: Billy’s not pluck to fake the grand duck. He’d crap his kicksies if he had to unscrew a drum, or crack a case. Billy fams the quizby’s and nunks to the smallies. An artful dodger.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 10 Mar. 3/4: His pockets, from which he extracted as fine a set of screwing apparatus as need be, all polished as bright as silver.|
|Liverpool Mercury 14 Jan. 38/2: The men that were with me went out at night screwing [i.e. stealing].|
|Vocabulum 24: The coves had screwed the gig of the jug, when Jack flashed the darkey into it, and found it planted full of coppers. [...] The thieves had opened the door of a bank with false keys, and when they looked in with the aid of a dark lantern, they found the place filled with officers.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 13/1: He had ‘pinched’ Jack once, for attempting to ‘screw’ a drum.|
|Bendigo Advertiser (Vic.) 27 May 2/3: The landlord [...] found that the premises had been entered by the operation of ‘screwing’ a window — as it is termed in the thieves slang.|
|‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ in Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 503: We went and screwed (broke into) his place, and got thirty-two quid, and a toy and tackle which he had brought on the crook.|
|Child of the Jago (1982) 182: ‘Wot sort o’ job’s this?’ ‘Why a bust — unless we can screw it.’ This meant a breaking-in, with a possibility of a quieter entrance by means of keys.|
|In the Blood 143: To ‘open tank’ I yearn, ‘screw in’ or ‘make a turn.’.|
|London and its Criminals 4: One burglar has [...] an irresistible impulse to spoil all the food in the larder of any house he is ‘screwing’.|
|Gilt Kid 126: If I screw the place and she comes to you with oxo nobody can call you a ponce.|
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 7: There was not a peter in Great Britain we could not screw.|
|‘Screwsman’s Lament’ in Encounter n.d. in Norman’s London (1969) 69: And when we’re all below, in that there place called Hell, / You can bet you bottom dollar, we’ll screw Satan’s drum as well!|
|We Think The World Of You (1971) 127: I put down a deposit on ’er, and then I screwed the first ’ouse to get the rest.|
|Sir, You Bastard 60: He’s been screwin’ again, ’course he has.|
|Spike Island (1981) 51: I was draggin’ a fella out of the bullring one day — for screwin’ a car, y’see.|
|Trainspotting 286: That’s how ah like tae go screwin fuckin shoaps n hooses.|
|Stump 13: There’s a postie a wanner check out anyway, see if it’s screwable.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 109: Getting wasted, screwin hooses, trying tae screw lassies.|
(b) to lock, e.g. a door, a moneybox.
|Worcester Herald 26 Dec. 4/3: A screwing, a locking up; unscrewing, unlocking.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 85/1: All being ‘square’, she flew over onto the counter and ‘grannied’ for the ‘slide’, but that was no ‘bottle’, it was ‘screwed’. [Ibid.] 93/1: After ‘planting’ Joe’s lot in its receptacle, and ‘screwing’ the door, we had several more rounds of ‘lush’.|
|Truth (Sydney) 19 Mar. 12/3: Them what’s used to gaols has measures, / All the same for evermore; / Since they landed our ancestors / Screwed In chains, upon our shore.|
(c) to escape by unlocking a door.
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 16 Nov. 2/3: One of the two Connecticut ‘crossmen’ [...] made the Tombs ‘screw’ which was to liberate the prisoners by unlocking the cells and giving [them] a chance to rush out on the corridor and gag the keepers.|
|You Can’t Win (2000) 113: He would never admit that we could screw (key) out of his jail.|
(d) (Aus. Und.) to sentence; to imprison.
|Lithgow Mercury (NSW) 6 Jan. 2/4: A hotel thief who had offered to ‘duck the nut’ (plead guilty) to stealing charges had a ‘spanner’ thrown into his activities when Mr. K.M. Dash, S.M., ignored his plea of leniency and ‘screwed’ him down to three months’ imprisonment.|
5. to act like a miser [screw n.1 (3c)].
|Newcomes II 60: Did you ever hear of me screwing? No, I spend my money like a man.|
|Felix Holt I 257: A screwing fellow, by what I understand – a domineering fellow – who would expect men to do as he liked without paying them for it.|
|Secret Adversary (1955) 10: I’ve screwed and saved and pinched!|
6. in the context of movement.
(a) (US) to run off, to leave; also as imper. screw, go away.
|Artie (1963) 20: You screw right away from here. We do n’t like your style.|
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 88: ‘The bookie looks fer the Wise Cracker an’ somebody tells him he'd screwed’.|
|Winnipeg Trib. (Manitoba) 9 Dec. 19/1: ‘Screw, or ‘Blow’ — To leave hurriedly.|
|Stealing Through Life 66: Mope! Screw!|
|Confessions of a Gunman 225: ‘Screw, kid,’ I said to my Jew friend. He screwed.|
|Pal Joey 18: I screw and go around the corner to have a cup of coffee.|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 211: Now screw, both of you.|
|Ginger Man (1958) 12: You’ll have to take your English wife and English kids and screw back to America.|
|(con. 1950s) Unit Pride (1981) 340: I’d suggest you put your ass in your hand and screw.|
|Close Quarters (1987) 26: ‘Haskins [...] what’s for breakfast?’ ‘Screw, ’Tevo. Ain’t nuthin’ ready.’.|
|Patriot Game (1985) 84: Thing of it is, though, I know the minute he gets it offa his chest, he’s gonna screw on me.|
(b) to drive, to travel about.
|Glitter Dome (1982) 184: Yet there ain’t that many black Bentleys screwing around the boulevard.|
7. (orig. Aus.) in senses of ‘screwing up the eyes’.
(a) (also screw off) to survey, to look at an object; to notice.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Dec. 40/2: I screws along the time-table ter see what train goes first, but there wasn’t anything ter suit me style o’ beauty till I strikes Gisborne.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Dec. 38/2: The nasty-tempered cow that jumps on yer when yer never expect him, an’ screws at yer journal.|
|Truth (Melbourne) 31 Jan. 6/1: Home and mother fade from memory as you screw them off [i.e. girls in swimming costumes] and think of the balmy evenings to come.|
|Handful of Ausseys 199: Then another Aussey screws me off an’ comes larfin’ acraws the street.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 11 Aug. 15/1: Having carefully screwed off the possy, make friends with Fido.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 30 Dec. 45/7: ‘Bli’ me!’ he ejaculated, ‘screw the old pot with the crook minces!’.|
|Sharpe of the Flying Squad 333: ‘Screw over there.’ ‘Look over there.’.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 39: ‘There,’ he says, and holds it up where everybody can screw.|
|Anatomy of Crime 192: Screw the cashes, Guv.|
(b) (also screw off) to stare intently at someone.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 21 Oct. 4/7: When I looks round and sees me old cheese there / A screwin’ me orf with a frown.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 7 July 14/1: I wuz scourin’ th’ suburbs at th’ time uv tumblin’ shrewd. Short stages, ’n’ suspicious screwin’ b’ sour females, topped off b’ scraps wuz th’ daily rooteen.|
|Buttons 27: I saw four Mods come out. They started screwing me.|
|Signs of Crime 200: Screw, to [...] (c) to look at intently, ‘Look at that geezer screwing us’.|
|Layer Cake 108: One kid [...] is screwing me, with hate and envy in his eyes.|
|‘Livin’ Pancoot’ [lyrics] Who you tryin’ to screw?|
|Viva La Madness 37: Sonny’s screwing me — eye-to-eye contact.|
8. (W.I./UK black teen) in senses of facial contortion caused by annoyance.
(a) to crumple up one’s face in annoyance, tightly puckering the lips and features into a vexed look.
|Official Dancehall Dict. 46: Screw to sport an intimidatory scowl, showing one’s displeasure.|
|Scholar 71: I know Shannon was screwin’ ’cause Mikey’s boys were tooled up.|
(b) to complain, to make a fuss.
|in Living Dangerously 166: When I got two years’ probation order he was screwin’ (upset).|
|Scholar 192: You looked after me for long enough Auntie, I can’t screw.|
|Dirty South 61: I was proper screwing ’cos I wanted to stay in the car [...] but Noel insisted that I meet Dryneck.|
(c) to vilify, to humiliate, either verbally or via ‘dumb insolence’.
|Crumple Zone 166: You teefed my story. — Cos you’re always screwin’ me down.|
|‘Next Up?’ [lyrics] Hospital, nose full of tubes / Got yourself shanked up 'cuh your bros wanna screw.|
Pertaining to sex
a pornographic film depicting extreme violence.
|Cat’s Eye (1989) 264: It’s so much better than licking bums and hacking up women’s bodies in screw-and-spew movies.|
1. (orig. US) to act in a promiscuous manner.
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 340: You know I don’t want you to screw around.|
|Syndicate (1998) 79: Don’t you feel a little funny screwing around with the guy who knocked off your old man?|
|Executioner (1973) 156: You know ’bout my old lady screwin’ around while I was in ’Nam.|
|Serial 64: Wives were wives, rather then women, and ‘affirmative action’ was popping them right in the orthodontia when they [...] started screwing around.|
|Skin Tight 63: He was always on the road . . . No doubt he was screwing around.|
|Indep. on Sun. Culture 1 Aug. 7: In Victorian times, the British upper-classes screwed around constantly.|
|Guardian G2 27 Mar. 4: No more screwing around.|
|Dead Point (2008) [ebook] He’s bin screwin around [...] Some blokes got no idea when they’re lucky.|
|Alphaville (2011) 268: If you were screwing around on the Lower East Side in the eighties, you were inevitably within a person or two of a needle.|
2. see also negative terms below.
1. (US) to masturbate.
|Semi-Tough 54: That’s where they find out about dope and screwing off.|
2. see also terms pertaining to departure below.
to indulge in sexual intercourse excessively.
|Turning (2005) 137: They got trashed for a week and screwed themselves silly.|
to indulge in aggressive, vigorous copulation.
|joke cited in Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1972) I 60: I overheard Daddy say that last night he screwed the ass off a WAC.|
|In the Life 44: He screwed my box off.|
|‘Terrible Hard’ Says Alice 114: I want to take you back to my tent and screw the arse off you.|
|Proving Ground 2: So when I take this tomato there [...] I whisper, ‘I’d like to screw the ass off you’.|
|Glitter Dome (1982) 310: He screwed his socks off the night after payday.|
|It (1987) 83: There were plenty of women in this part of Nebraska who would have been happy to screw the socks off him.|
|Hollywood Husbands 227: I’m all right to screw the ass off — but marriage?|
|From Bondage 343: A prayer for deliverance for having screwed the ass off Zaida’s granddaughter, and not being caught?|
|Happy Like Murderers 316: I screwed the arse off her.|
|OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] screw the arse off (....) v. to have enthusiastic sexual relations such that the person with whom you indulge, is incapacitated thru over stimulation.|
Pertaining to cheating or swindling
(orig. US) to defraud, to cheat, to deceive.
|Emma I 38: Mrs Goddard was the mistress of a School – not of a seminary [...] where young ladies for enormous pay might be screwed out of health and into vanity.|
|Ask Mamma 233: If we can screw another fifty out of old Lady Shortwhist, so much the better.|
|Seven Curses of London 170: If I entrust my tailor with stuff for a suit, and it afterwards comes to my knowledge that he has screwed an extra waistcoat out of it [...] do I regard it as a serious act of robbery?|
|Golden Butterfly III 62: They have devised a new and ingenious method of screwing money out of the rich.|
|Field 12 Dec. n.p.: The utterly exorbitant rents that Scotch proprietors ... have managed to screw out of sportsmen in the last few years [F&H].|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 28 Feb. 8/3: The man who buys stores for a shipping co. in the Holy City makes a bigger income every year out of corns, which be screws out of unfortunate provender merchants than the directors make all put together.|
|Enemy to Society 214: That was all I’ve ever been able to screw out of him.|
|White Moll 142: All you had to do was [...] come here and screw the money out of a helpless old man.|
|Plough and the Stars Act I: Screwin’ every penny she can out o’ them.|
|N. Devon Jrnl 13 Mar. 5/6: What I came for was to help you screw something out of those who are screwable.|
|Shaft 36: The man who screwed the world out of the price of tulips.|
|Fixx 158: I screwed a handsome settlement out of her.|
|Stump 51: This fuckin alky screwed Tommy out of a loader swag an fuckin disappeared.|
to cheat, to swindle, to treat badly or harshly.
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Jones Men 68: Tell him to find another white boy to screw over.|
|Skin Tight 202: Last time a doctor screwed me over, I broke his frigging neck.|
|Wayne’s World [film script] It was a good little show and they screwed it over.et al.|
|Sick Puppy 285: Regardless of how egregiously they’d been screwed over [...] they emerged placid.|
(UK Und.) watch-stealing.
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
(UK juv.) a failure, a blunderer.
|OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] screwnut n. Someone who messed up bad. Used as a joke. Often used to describe the ‘cool guys’ by other ‘cool guys’ e.g. Lenny! You screw-nut!!! You failed english again!!|
1. to mess about, to waste time.
|They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? in Four Novels (1983) 10: Why are these high-powered scientists always screwing around trying to prolong life.|
|East of Farewell 107: We haven’t got enough fuel to screw around.|
|Web of the City (1983) 25: They had all rumbled together [...] all screwed around and had fun together.|
|Adam M-1 243: Have we got time to be screwing around with channels?|
|Shaft 114: A previously unheard-of spade who’s screwing around with the [...] process of organized crime.|
|Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 69: I know. I know. I know. You’re thinking ‘Joe Bob has been out screwing around again and he didn’t count up those ballots like he said he would’.|
|Stormy Weather 217: Freddie, don’t screw around.|
|Dreamcatcher 113: Now come on, let’s stop screwing around.|
2. to annoy someone, to mess someone around; usu. as screw around with.
|Web of the City (1983) 131: And he was too big and Polish to be screwing around with.|
|Psychotic Reactions (1988) 254: If somebody screws around with you, fine, smash ’em back if you want.|
|Christine 63: You’re on probation, kid. You screw around with me just one time and [...] I’ll put you out on your ass.|
|Peepshow [ebook] Girls constantly screwed him around because he was so nice.|
3. see also terms pertaining to sex above.
to waste time; to blunder badly.
|Cantrell 207: But Cantrell, if you screw the pooch, don't come home.|
|Firefall 352: It was entirely possible that Isen had lost his sense of perspective, that he was about to screw the pooch in a big way.|
|www.langa.com [Internet] The phrase ‘screw the pooch’ itself was derived from an earlier phrase that was quite familiar to those of us in the service in WW2. [...] Anyone who has ever been in the military has spent an inordinate amount of time in a ‘stand-by’ formation waiting for someone to get the orders to start some activity. Many man-hours were spent in an activity that was commonly known as ‘Effing the dog.’ [Note: They didn’t really say, ‘Effing,’ but I’m sure you can figure it out.] Back home in civilian life this was cleaned up to the slightly more acceptable ‘screwing the pooch’.|
|Water, Inc. 258: You screw the pooch one more time and you’re both completely finished.|
|Indep. Extra 23 Nov. 5: The test pilot who ‘screwed the pooch’ was the one who died in the wreckage of his plane.|
|Guardian 22 May [Internet] It was just a poorly done deal and it just so happens to be the biggest deal ever for Nasdaq and they pooched it, that’s the bottom line here,.|
|in Observer 6 Mar. [Internet] Schlegel, 68, from Clinton, Ohio, added: ‘I think the Republican establishment is screwing the pooch when they turn on Trump’.|
see separate entries.
1. to annoy, to challenge, to mess someone about.
|Deadly Streets (1983) 80: Nobody screws with him.‘Johnny Slice’s Stoolie’ in|
|High Concept 159: I’ll slit someone’s wrist [...] if they screw with me.|
|Crumple Zone 193: Sops is who Dennie owes. An’ you don’t screw wiv him.|
2. (Aus.) to interfere with or sabotage an inanimate object.
|Thrill City [ebook] I’d have to explain where I’d been when someone screwed with my car.|
see fuck-your-buddy week under fuck v.
(orig. US) a general excl. of dismissal.
|Talk United States! 78: Lay offa me, lummox, I says, and go screw yourself. After that Baldy was cool as a cucumber.|
|Lonely Boy Blues (1965) 76: You’re a nasty dog, Joe! Go screw!|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 162: They can all of them go screw themselves, and I’ll be the first guy to walk across the street and watch it.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 222: She turned and yelled at him ta go screw he opened his fly and took his cock out.|
|On the Yard (2002) 67: Go screw yourself, you slant-eyed bastard.|
|Beyond Valley of the Dolls [film script] I gently suggested to Aunt Susan that the millions could go screw.|
|Grits 166: Oh look how sad wih all are. Me arse. Yuh can all go screw.|
|Palo Alto (2011) 11: I thought you were some late trick-or-treaters, and I was about to tell them to go screw.|
|Killing Time in Las Vegas [ebook] Go screw yourself, Francis . . . go fucking screw yourself!‘Killing Time in Las Vegas’ in|
|in Observer (London) 30 Oct. [Internet] Hillary was rightly praised for her poise, but she should have told him at least once to go screw himself.|
a general dismissive excl.
|Going After Cacciato (1980) 75: ‘You need some M & Ms, Stinko?’ ‘Screw a monkey, man!’.|
(orig. US) the hell with it! forget it!
|in Limerick (1953) 310: When they asked, ‘Why’d you do it?’ / The priest said, ‘Oh, screw it! / It’s just for the young girls I bang.’.|
|Face of War 111: Aw screw it.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 79: Screw it all: if this path leads up, then I’d rather go down.letter 12 Dec. in|
|Horseman, Pass By (1997) 110: ‘Screw it,’ he said.|
|Tales of the City (1984) 72: Screw it! Beauchamp could sweat out the bills for once.|
|‘Radio Suckers’ [lyrics] So I tell them duck suckers to cold go screw it!|
|Lucky You 242: ‘Then screw it,’ said the attorney. ‘Let’s go with the Squires.’.|
|Soothing Music for Stray Cats 37: Argh, screw it, what do I care what some arsehole thinks about what I’m reading?|
1. (orig. US) an excl. of dismissal, contempt.
|World I Never Made 46: Screw you and your sons!|
|Mister Roberts 84: Screw you, you silly bastard.|
|(con. 1950) Band of Brothers 220: ‘Hurrayferus an’ screwyoo!’ the marine yelled.|
|(con. WWII) And Then We Heard The Thunder (1964) 11: Aw screw you, Shorty.|
|Essential Lenny Bruce 135: Thcrew you in the I.J. Farbin building!|
|Joking Apart I i: Aw, screw you, brother! Screw you!|
|1985 (1980) 131: I hope my situation gives you bad dreams, Mr Prothero. Screw you.|
|Sweetwater Gunslinger 201 (1990) 60: Slim tuned his head and calmly said, ‘Screw you’.|
|Skull Session 20: ‘Screw you, bitch!’ he joked.|
|Turning Angel 151: Screw you, Cage. Don’t tell me how to run my business.|
|Observer 30 Jan. 5/4: It was basically him saying screw you to the people. Well, guess what, we’re saying screw you to him too.|
|Good Girl Stripped Bare 7: Screw you, Barbie.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 17: ‘Cool it, man,’ I said and grinned a screw-you-amigo smile.|
|Dirty South 4: If you asked him if he needed help he would put on his screw you face.|
Pertaining to robbery
1. a thief, a burglar.
|Shades of Prison House n.p.: The smash-and-grab man, the afternoon screwer of poor men’s houses, the whiz-man and the homosexual pervert end up in gaol! [OED].|
|Fings I i: His only real ambition is to do that one good screwer (burglary) which is going to set him up for life.|
(UK Und.) to break into a house.
|Child of the Jago (1982) 154: He did not vulgar thievery: he never screwed a chat, nor claimed a peter, nor worked the mace.|
Pertaining to departure
1. to take time off work or duty.
|Iron City 196: Ryan, where the hell you been screwing off to?|
|Getting Straight 31: Screwing off was more like it.|
|Fields of Fire (1980) 145: Hoping to catch a malaria-shaken, angry, frightened Marine [...] screwing off.|
|(con. 1965) Rolling Thunder (1990) 71: Senior NCO’s could screw off and not get caught.|
2. to leave, to depart.
|Sweet Ride 167: Why don’t you screw off and leave us alone.|
|Bachman Books (1995) 551: Screw off, Jack.Running Man in|
|Mad mag. May 10: X-Custodians come quickly! [...] Screw off! We’re union.|
3. see also terms pertaining to sex above.
(orig. US) to leave, to depart; often as imper.
|Boss 18: ‘Screw out! [...] We don’t want any of your talk!’ Then to an officer in the station: ‘Put him out!’.|
|Confessions of a Detective 198: ‘Screw out!’ he commanded.|
|How to Commit a Murder 104: You wind up with the dough and screw out.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 366: Screw out of town as quick as you can, because you are red hot around here.‘Hottest Guy in the World’|
|Groucho Letters (1967) 155: The moment you screwed out of here.letter 11 Feb. in|
|DAUL 187/1: Screw out. To go out; to leave.et al.|
Pertaining to staring
an aggressive question aimed at someone who is staring, or perhaps is not, but with whom the speaker wishes to challenge.
|‘Duck Down’ on Duck Down Presents [album] Who you screwin, what you doin, nuthin, Gold Pass iced up, frontin / Bout to get your back blown out, cuz we goin out blastin.|
Pertaining to annoyance
1. an aggressive facial expression.
|[||‘Talkin’ Blues’ [lyrics] I’ve been down on the rock so long / I seem to wear a permanent screw, yeah].|
|(ref. to 1973) Catch a Fire 237: The Wailers had recently released a single called ‘Screwface’ [...] referring to [...] the custom of grimacing fiercely in order to unsettle nighttime bushwhackers who preyed on those caught in shantytown.|
|Jam. Patois 61: Screw: verb, to frown, as in screw-face.|
|‘Stop Dat’ [lyrics] Screwface means you don’t know me, what you looking at, what’s your beef?|
|Guardian 13 Sept. 26/4: The street language of Dizzee and his peers evolves daily: [...] a ‘screwface’ is the scowl etched on inner-city faces.|
|(con. 1951) Island Songs (2006) 83: She had long ago perfected the ‘screwface’ glare to anyone who vexed her.|
|Dirty South 177: He had his screwface on.|
|‘Lyrics’ [lyrics] Where you from? Huh, what’s wrong? / What’s going on? Why you got your screwface on?|
2. one whose face is crumpled up in annoyance; thus Old Screwface, the devil; adj. screwfaced.
|‘Live Now’ [lyrics] Gucci suitcases (coughs), a chic did it, eff the screw faces.|
|(con. c.1945) Island Songs (2006) 21: Me nah ’fraid of nuh Preacher-Mon or de devil himself or Old Screwface as yuh like to call him.|
|Sellout (2016) 22: This screw-faced magistrate, sitting in his high-backed swivel chair, is no different from the gangbanger cruising up and down.|
SE in slang uses
(US) having good fortune, without any hinderances.
|(con. 1945) Goodbye to Some (1963) 223: We were just screw-lucky [...] We hit going like hell, no stalling her in, no flaps, big swells [...] it’s too bad Bart couldn’t have had some of that luck.|
to go mad.
|Right Ho, Jeeves 149: Tuppy, my dear old ass [...] this is pure banana oil! You’ve come unscrewed.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 43: unscrewed – Total snap-out of your nut; to flip out; you have had it and you are bad news for ever.|
to be aware, to understand, to know what’s what.
|Life in London (1869) 312: [Note] A well-known dashing Prig, whose Head was considered to have been screwed on the right way.|
|Finish to the Adventures of Tom and Jerry (1889) 131: Unfortunately for Nell, her ‘nob was not screwed on the right way’ respecting her future welfare.|
|Swell’s Night Guide 40: Jerry Donavan, of the scraping fraternity [...] has his nut screwed on the right way [...] Jerry tumbles to his customers, and can fake the duck rumbo, and no nunks.|
|‘It’s Astonishing How It Is Done’ in My Young Wife and I Songster 14: A Chap to get along in this wide world of ours, / Must have his cranium screwed on the right way.|
|Dead Men’s Shoes II 32: ‘What a sensible girl you are, Jenny!’ ‘Yes, I believe my head is screwed on pretty tight.’.|
|Rainbow Gold III 169: ‘Man’s head wasn’t half screwed on,’ concluded David.|
|Mord Em’ly 247: Why, they’d say you was a lucky gel, and that you was one who’d got her ’ead screwed on the right way.|
|Marvel 16 June 558: With five pounds, a boy, if he had his head screwed on right, could do a great deal for himself.|
|Monkey’s Paw (1962) 281: He’s got his ’ead screwed on right.‘Easy Money’ in|
|Aus. Felix (1971) 108: That little lady o’ yours ’as got ’er ’eadpiece screwed on right way.|
|Send for Paul Temple (1992) 87: The Commissioner isn’t quite such a fool as people think. He’s got his head screwed on all right.|
|Letters from the Big House 14: Gosh that dame got her nut screwed on right!|
|(con. 1937) Mad in Pursuit 214: She had her head screwed on right the right way – got a job, kept herself.|
|(con. 1936–46) Winged Seeds (1984) 36: Daph’s got her head screwed on the right way.|
|Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1964) 301: That girl’s certainly got her head screwed on right.|
|Cut and Run (1963) 33: Dae ye think the polis are that stupit, that they couldny connect us wi’ the turn-up in that boozer? For cheeses sake screw your bobbin.|
|Awopbop. (1970) 56: He surely had his head screwed on.|
|Come Home, Malcolm Heartland 172: Watch you’ step. Keep you’ head screw on right.|
|Eng. Madam 69: But nut case or not the girl had her head screwed on where money was concerned.|
|(con. 1960s) London Blues 232: I’ll get my head screwed on first thing in the morning.|
|Observer Mag. 16 Apr. 12: She seems to have her head screwed on.|
(US campus) to pretend.
|Campus Sl. Nov. 10: screw face – put on a facade, pretend: ‘I know Jim was just screw facing because he cannot stand being around her’.|
to drive one’s car or motorcycle very fast.
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 280: At the city limits the Angels screwed it on and roared back to Richmond.|
|Feast of Snakes 100: In the middle of this frantic ride, with his best buddy beside him screaming for him to Screw it on!|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad.|
1. to dodge a blow aimed at one’s head.
|People 6 Jan. in (1909) 217/2: When we gets there, the Mug says, ‘How did he get that!’ looking at Selby’s eye, and I says, ‘He got it because he could not screw his nut.’.|
2. (US) to turn around, to leave, to go.
|S.F. Chron. 6 June 11/5: I ribbed de rummy up to blow, an’ he screwed his nut.|
|Sandburrs 78: We screws our nuts, me an’ d’ goph, to d’ duck who owns d’ house.‘Crime That Failed’|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 31: Hully chee, I got tuh screw me nut!|
3. to think hard.
|Milk and Honey Route 213: Screw your nut – Get wise to yourself.|
|‘Screwsman’s Lament’ in Encounter n.d. in Norman’s London (1969) 67: Now without these we’d be unemployed, and couldn’t go to graft, / No matter how much we screwed our nuts, in other words our craft.|
|(con. mid-1960s) Glasgow Gang Observed 235: Screw, as in ‘screw the nut’ – to become sensible, to ‘get wise’ to oneself.|
|Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 50: If I’d been screwing my nut I’d ’ve called the law.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 196: Usually it’s Mark that’s screwin the nut, but now he seems the gadge instigatin aw the villainy.|
4. to behave in a crazy, poss. violent, manner.
|Cut and Run (1963) 102: As usual Ben couldn’t help but ‘screw his nut’. [...] He and another prisoner had a duel with mat-knives, and although he came off best in the fight, he finished his time in an observation cell.|
(UK Und.) to break open, e.g. a trunk.
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