521 – Phrases Using SCREW

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Hey everyone it’s Michael here from Happy English and I’m back with another podcast English lesson just for you. It’s only November but the temperatures hearing New York are dropping quickly. I have a feeling this is going to be a really cold winter. Maybe cold as steel.

Speaking of steel, today I’d like to answer a question that one of the listeners sent to Happy English. Bianca asked me about the word screw, as in I got screwed. So, for today’s English lesson, let’s check it out. By the way if you have a request or suggestion for lesson, jump over to my happy English.com and send me a message.

Getting back to metal, a screw is a small thin piece of metal that is used to connect two pieces of wood. If your house is made of wood you’ve probably got some screws there. And we use the verb screw with the meaning of to turn that thing. Well, we have some slang expressions that use the word screw and that’s what we’re going to talk about today. Let’s check it out!

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or check the transcript for the details.

  • I totally forgot that I have an exam tomorrow and I didn’t study. I think I’m screwed.
  • I think Jack is screwed. Not only did he come to the office late this morning, but one of his big customers complain to the boss about him. He’s screwed.

  • Jack screwed himself by coming to work late too many times.
  • I didn’t study for the exam tomorrow. I totally screwed myself.
  • I got screwed when I bought a bottle of water at Yankee stadium. It cost $8.
  • I bought a Louis Vuitton bag on the street from a street vendor for $25 but I got screwed because it’s fake.
  • The auto mechanic screwed me out of $100. He did a terrible job of fixing my car.
  • The cashier in that shop tried to screw me out of a dollar by giving me the wrong change.
  • I was supposed to meet Tommy at 5 o’clock but I screwed up the time and got there at six. He was really angry.
  • I have an important meeting with a customer tomorrow. I have to be very careful so that I don’t screw it up.

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