from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To tighten or secure with screws.
  • v. To raise (rent, fees, etc.) to extortionate levels.
  • v. To twist into a contorted state
  • v. To make a mess of; to ruin.
  • v. To blunder; to make a mistake.

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

  • v. twist into a strained configuration
  • v. make more intense
  • v. screw or turn higher
  • v. make a mess of, destroy or ruin


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