Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Screw Plot (The).

 Screw Loose (A).Screwed. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Screw Plot (The).
1708, when Queen Anne went to St. Paul’s to offer thanks-givings for the victory of Oudenarde. The tale is that the plotters took out certain screw-bolts from the beams of the cathedral, that the roof might fall on the queen and her suite and kill them.   1
“Some of your Machiavelian crew
From heavy roof of Paul
Most traitorously stole every screw,
To make that fabric fall;
And so to catch Her Majesty,
And all her friends beguile.”
Plot upon Plot (about 1713).

 Screw Loose (A).Screwed. 


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