One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Exert strong psychological pressure on (someone) so as to intimidate them into doing something.‘you put the screws on her and she submitted’
pressurize, put pressure on, use pressure on, pressure, press, bring force to bear on, force, drive, impel, coerce, urge, push, nagView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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