give (someone) the third degree

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give (someone) the third degree

To interrogate, scrutinize, or question someone intensely or thoroughly. My boyfriend is so controlling, always giving me the third degree if I go anywhere or see anyone without him. The police gave me the third degree regarding my whereabouts during the crime.
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give someone the third degree

If someone gives you the third degree, they ask you a lot of questions in a determined manner. He told the operator his wife was having a baby on the pavement. The operator gave him the third degree to make sure he was serious. The interviewer didn't exactly give her the third degree.
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They took him out straight away and hopefully gave him the third degree over what was expected and so far he certainly hasn't disappointed.
WALES star Craig Bellamy may be the type of bloke who could get into an argument in an empty room, but following his two strikes against New Zealand the striker was charm personified as an expectant media scrum gave him the third degree.