Definition of put the screws on in English:

put the screws on

phrase

informal
  • Exert strong psychological pressure on (someone) so as to intimidate them into doing something.

    ‘you put the screws on her and she submitted’
    • ‘He laughed and added, ‘You put the screws on me and I'm gonna screw right out from under you ever time, that's what I'm gonna do.’’
    • ‘The Authority's attempts to put the screws on farmers may have backfired despite having laid some alarming facts on the table during the past week.’
    • ‘Why did we wait until the summer of 2004 to put the screws on them?’
    • ‘Reinvigorating the local, workplace and school Stop the War groups is essential to creating a turnout that really puts the screws on the government.’
    • ‘With its fiscal predicament in mind, the manufacturer put the screws on legislators to offer it the sweetest deal available.’
    • ‘The BSA, however, went on to put the screws on the undergraduates.’
    • ‘Cassel seems to enjoy playing to the rafters and a tiny bit of fun can be had watching him put the screws on Owen.’
    • ‘Anyone else we have that's capable of this would refuse unless we put the screws on them, and that would guarantee the secret would get out.’
    • ‘Then Elsa started putting the screws on him to get married and to finalize his divorce with Mileva.’
    • ‘The Duke engineering department had been putting the screws on him for a major contribution.’
    pressurize, put pressure on, use pressure on, pressure, press, bring force to bear on, force, drive, impel, coerce, urge, push, nag
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