tighten the screws

idiom

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.

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“Tighten the screws.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tighten%20the%20screws. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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