the third degree

Definition of the third degree

informal
: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

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

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

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

  1. : one that is number three in a series — see Table of Numbers

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

  3. : one of three equal parts of something

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

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

  3. : a particular standing especially as to dignity or worth


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