tighten the screws

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tighten the screws

informal
: to put more pressure on someone or something to do something
  • We need to tighten the screws on people who've been evading the tax.

Word by Word Definitions

tighten play
  1. : to make tight or tighter

  2. : to become tight or tighter


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