the third degree

Definition of the third degree

informal

  1. :  a long and intense period of questioning The police gave him the third degree. Mom gave me the third degree when I got home late.

Word by Word Definitions

thirdplay
  1. :  being next after the second in place or time

    :  ranking next after the second of a grade or degree in authority or precedence

    :  being the forward speed or gear next higher than second especially in a motor vehicle

  1. :  one that is next after second in rank, position, authority, or precedence

    :  one of three equal parts of something

    :  third base

degreeplay
  1. :  a step or stage in a process, course, or order of classification

    :  a rank or grade of official, ecclesiastical, or social position

    :  a particular standing especially as to dignity or worth


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