To screw up
Screw Screw, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Screwed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Screwing}.] 1. To turn, as a screw; to apply a screw to; to press, fasten, or make firm, by means of a screw or screws; as, to screw a lock on a door; to screw a press. [1913 Webster]

2. To force; to squeeze; to press, as by screws. [1913 Webster]

But screw your courage to the sticking place, And we'll not fail. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence: To practice extortion upon; to oppress by unreasonable or extortionate exactions. [1913 Webster]

Our country landlords, by unmeasurable screwing and racking their tenants, have already reduced the miserable people to a worse condition than the peasants in France. --swift. [1913 Webster]

4. To twist; to distort; as, to screw his visage. [1913 Webster]

He screwed his face into a hardened smile. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. To examine rigidly, as a student; to subject to a severe examination. [Cant, American Colleges] [1913 Webster]

{To screw out}, to press out; to extort.

{To screw up}, (a) to force; to bring by violent pressure. --Howell. (b) to damage by unskillful effort; to bungle; to botch; to mess up. (c) [intrans] to fail by unskillful effort, usu. causing unpleasant consequences.

{To screw in}, to force in by turning or twisting.

{Screw around} (a) to act aimlessly or unproductively. (b) screw around with, to operate or make changes on (a machine or device) without expert knowledge; to fiddle with. (c) [Colloq.]commit adultery; to be sexually promiscuous. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To screw in — Screw Screw, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Screwed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Screwing}.] 1. To turn, as a screw; to apply a screw to; to press, fasten, or make firm, by means of a screw or screws; as, to screw a lock on a door; to screw a press. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To screw out — Screw Screw, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Screwed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Screwing}.] 1. To turn, as a screw; to apply a screw to; to press, fasten, or make firm, by means of a screw or screws; as, to screw a lock on a door; to screw a press. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • screw up one's courage — or[pluck up one s courage] {v. phr.} To force yourself to be brave. * /The small boy screwed up his courage and went upstairs in the dark./ * /When his father came home in a bad mood, it took Pete some time to screw up his courage and ask him for …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • screw up one's courage — or[pluck up one s courage] {v. phr.} To force yourself to be brave. * /The small boy screwed up his courage and went upstairs in the dark./ * /When his father came home in a bad mood, it took Pete some time to screw up his courage and ask him for …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • screw\ up\ one's\ courage — • screw up one s courage • pluck up one s courage v. phr. To force yourself to be brave. The small boy screwed up his courage and went upstairs in the dark. When his father came home in a bad mood, it took Pete some time to screw up his courage… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • screw up — phrasal verb Word forms screw up : present tense I/you/we/they screw up he/she/it screws up present participle screwing up past tense screwed up past participle screwed up 1) [transitive] to make something into a smaller shape by squeezing or… …   English dictionary

  • screw up — 1) PHR V ERG If you screw up your eyes or your face, you tighten your eye or face muscles, for example because you are in pain or because the light is too bright. [V P n (not pron)] She had screwed up her eyes, as if she found the sunshine too… …   English dictionary

  • screw up — {v. phr.}, {slang}, {semi vulgar}, {best avoided} 1. To make a mess of, to make an error which causes confusion. * /The treasurer screwed up the accounts of the Society so badly that he had to be fired./ 2. To cause someone to be neurotic or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • screw up — {v. phr.}, {slang}, {semi vulgar}, {best avoided} 1. To make a mess of, to make an error which causes confusion. * /The treasurer screwed up the accounts of the Society so badly that he had to be fired./ 2. To cause someone to be neurotic or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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