put the screws on/to someone or something

put the screws on/to someone or something
put the screws on/to (someone or something)
informal : to use force or the threat of force to make (someone or something) do what you want

The government is finally putting the screws to an industry that's been evading environmental laws for years.

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Main Entry:screw

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  • put the screws on/to — (someone or something) informal : to use force or the threat of force to make (someone or something) do what you want The government is finally putting the screws to an industry that s been evading environmental laws for years. • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • put the screws on someone — AND put the heat on someone; put the squeeze on someone tv. to pressure someone; to threaten someone to achieve something. □ He told everything about the plan when they put the screws on him. □ The cops put the squeeze on Harry, and he spilled… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • put the screws on — (informal) PRESSURIZE, put pressure on, pressure, coerce, browbeat, use strong arm tactics on; hold a gun to someone s head; informal put the heat on, lean on. → screw * * * phrasal : to exert extreme pressure on put the screws on the small… …   Useful english dictionary

  • put the screws on someone — put/tighten/turn/the screws on someone informal phrase to put more pressure on someone to do something, for example by threatening them His creditors were putting the screws on him. Thesaurus: to nag or force someone to do something …   Useful english dictionary

  • tighten the screws on someone — tighten the screws on (someone/something) to make it harder for someone to do something. Government agencies need to tighten the screws on illegal immigrants. We are putting the screws on that country to end its history of helping terrorists.… …   New idioms dictionary

  • tighten the screws on something — tighten the screws on (someone/something) to make it harder for someone to do something. Government agencies need to tighten the screws on illegal immigrants. We are putting the screws on that country to end its history of helping terrorists.… …   New idioms dictionary

  • tighten the screws on — (someone/something) to make it harder for someone to do something. Government agencies need to tighten the screws on illegal immigrants. We are putting the screws on that country to end its history of helping terrorists. Usage notes: sometimes… …   New idioms dictionary

  • tighten the screws on someone — put/tighten/turn/the screws on someone informal phrase to put more pressure on someone to do something, for example by threatening them His creditors were putting the screws on him. Thesaurus: to nag or force someone to do something …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn the screws on someone — put/tighten/turn/the screws on someone informal phrase to put more pressure on someone to do something, for example by threatening them His creditors were putting the screws on him. Thesaurus: to nag or force someone to do something …   Useful english dictionary

  • tighten the screws — To increase pressure (esp on someone to do something) • • • Main Entry: ↑tight * * * 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. • …   Useful english dictionary

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