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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Screw \Screw\ (skr[udd]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Screwed (skr[udd]d); 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; as, he screwed up the contract negotiations, and we lost the deal. (c) [intrans.] to fail by unskillful effort, usually causing unpleasant consequences. To screw in, to force in by turning or twisting. Screw around, (a) to act aimlessly or unproductively. (b) to commit adultery; to be sexually promiscuous. Screw around with, to operate or make changes on (a machine or device) without expert knowledge; to fiddle with. [Colloq.] . --> [1913 Webster]