tighten the screws

Definition of tighten the screws

informal

  1. :  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

tightenplay
  1. :  to make tight or tighter

    :  to become tight or tighter

screwplay screws
  1. :  a simple machine of the inclined plane type consisting of a spirally grooved solid cylinder and a correspondingly grooved hollow cylinder into which it fits

    :  a nail-shaped or rod-shaped piece with a spiral groove and a slotted or recessed head designed to be inserted into material by rotating (as with a screwdriver) and used for fastening pieces of solid material together

    :  a screwlike form :  spiral

  1. :  to attach, fasten, or close by means of a screw

    :  to unite or separate by means of a screw or a twisting motion

    :  to press tightly in a device (as a vise) operated by a screw


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