One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An additional degree of pressure or hardship added to a situation that is already extremely difficult to bear.‘the strategy was a further turn of the screw for a community already racked by paramilitary violence’
- ‘Once the cap has been established, it is tightened over subsequent years as the public becomes inured to the last turn of the screw.’
- ‘At first glance this might seem like a mere turn of the screw in a protracted legal process.’
- ‘The answer is likely to depend on the political turn of the screw.’
- ‘It's yet more turns of the propaganda screw, and no-one really knows what they're up to.’
- ‘Although a wonderful turn of the screw to contemplate, it is not the argumentative tactic that I would promote.’
- ‘His forced conversion, Antonio's final turn of the screw, makes a hilarious ending, Shylock's soul is saved.’
- ‘With that kind of pricing headroom, the company has several turns of the screw available against its struggling digital music competitors.’
- ‘Forced to return to her pitiably poor parents, she is finally forced into prostitution and each new event in her despairing life is a turn of the screw.’
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