the third degree

noun

Definition of the third degree

informal
: a long and intense period of questioning The police gave him the third degree[=questioned him intensely]. Mom always gives me the third degree when I get home late. A micromanager who gives the third degree to anyone who makes even the smallest of mistakes.

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27 Jan 2020

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“The third degree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20third%20degree. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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