tighten the screws

idiom

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.

Examples of tighten the screws in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The case demonstrates the extent of the U.S. commitment to tighten the screws on those seen as aiding Russian elites, even if they themselves are not closely tied to the Kremlin. Catherine Belton, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2024 But after achieving payment parity between MA and traditional Medicare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has continued to tighten the screws on MA plans. Avik Roy, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 As Washington once again seeks to tighten the screws, Tehran sees its relationship with Beijing as key to remaining afloat. Dina Esfandiary, Foreign Affairs, 20 July 2018 Others sense an opportunity to further tighten the screws on Budapest. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 Sure, Chris Paul and Draymond Green’s absences are felt, and their returns could at least shore up the communication on defense and tighten the screws on offense. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, 11 Jan. 2024 A lot of people say Putin might use this situation to shuffle his top military leaders and tighten the screws in general. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 June 2023 With the Fed determined to bring down inflation, the latest CPI release plays a major role in just how much more the central bank will want to tighten the screws on businesses and individuals looking to borrow money. Telis Demos, WSJ, 14 June 2023 In an attempt to further tighten the screws on Russia, the EU is preparing its eleventh sanctions proposal, according to Bloomberg. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 3 May 2023

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“Tighten the screws.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tighten%20the%20screws. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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