put the screws on/to (someone or something)

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Definition of put the screws on/to (someone or something)

informal
: to use force or the threat of force to make (someone or something) do what one wants The government is finally putting the screws to an industry that's been evading environmental laws for years.

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“Put the screws on/to (someone or something).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20the%20screws%20on%2Fto%20%28someone%20or%20something%29. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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