from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tool for turning screws so as to drive them into their place. It has a thin end which enters the nick in the head of the screw.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tool, in form like a blunt chisel, which fits into the nick in the head of a screw, and is used to turn the screw, in order to cause it to enter its place or to withdraw it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cocktail made with vodka and orange juice
  • n. a hand tool for driving screws; has a tip that fits into the head of a screw


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  • He would slip a screw-driver into your eye and munch a sandwich at the same time, just for kicks.

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  • But since I was there, he did it himself; a grey, shaky, highly-bred little gentleman, standing on a chair with a long screw-driver, whilst his wife stood behind him, her hands half-raised to catch him if he should fall.

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  • Well, the funeral sermon was very good, but pison long and tiresome; and then the king he shoved in and got off some of his usual rubbage, and at last the job was through, and the undertaker begun to sneak up on the coffin with his screw-driver.

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