have a screw loose
phrasal to be mentally unbalanced

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • have a screw loose — {v. phr,}, {slang} To act in a strange way; to be foolish. * /Now I know he has a screw loose he stole a police car this time./ * /He was a smart man but had a screw loose and people thought him odd./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • have a screw loose — {v. phr,}, {slang} To act in a strange way; to be foolish. * /Now I know he has a screw loose he stole a police car this time./ * /He was a smart man but had a screw loose and people thought him odd./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • have\ a\ screw\ loose — v. phr, slang To act in a strange way; to be foolish. Now I know he has a screw loose he stole a police car this time. He was a smart man but had a screw loose and people thought him odd …   Словарь американских идиом

  • have a screw loose — act in a strange way, be foolish He is a really strange person. I think that he has a screw loose somewhere …   Idioms and examples

  • have a screw loose — verb To be insane or irrational. I think old Mr. Jacobs has a screw loose; he keeps trying to feed his cats bird seed …   Wiktionary

  • screw loose —    If someone has a screw loose, they are crazy.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If someone has a screw loose, their behaviour is strange and they appear slightly mad.     She wears a fur coat in the summer she must have a screw loose! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • screw — screwable, adj. screwer, n. screwless, adj. screwlike, adj. /skrooh/, n. 1. a metal fastener having a tapered shank with a helical thread, and topped with a slotted head, driven into wood or the like by rotating, esp. by means of a screwdriver. 2 …   Universalium

  • screw — screw1 [skru:] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: escroe inner screw, nut , from Latin scrofa female pig ] 1.) a thin pointed piece of metal that you push and turn in order to fasten pieces of metal or wood together →↑nail ▪ Fix the frame… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • screw — screw1 [ skru ] noun count * 1. ) a thin pointed piece of metal used for fastening one thing to another. It has a raised twisted part on it called a thread. You push and turn it with a screwdriver instead of hitting it with a hammer like a nail:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • screw — {{11}}screw (n.) c.1400, from M.Fr. escroue nut, cylindrical socket, screwhole, of uncertain etymology; not found in other Romanic languages. Perhaps via Gallo Romance *scroba or W.Gmc. *scruva from V.L. scrobis screw head groove, in classical… …   Etymology dictionary

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