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get the third degree

To be interrogated, scrutinized, or questioned intensely or thoroughly by someone. My boyfriend is so controlling that I always get the third degree if I go anywhere or see anyone without him. I got the third degree from the police regarding my whereabouts during the crime.
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ANYONE who has ever had a Meet The Parents situation could empathise with poor Ben Stiller getting the third degree from his fiancee's crazed dad Robert De Niro in the first movie.
Meanwhile, back at the glass mansion he calls home, Stark's getting the third degree about his crammed love-life from his scarily sensible daughter Julie - who's 16 years old, but looks 26 and acts as if she's 36.
ANYONE who has ever had a 'meet the parents' situation can empathise with poor Ben Stiller getting the third degree from his girlfriend's crazed dad Robert De Niro in the first movie.
You could say it was a case of Spurs getting the third degree from the Three Degrees on the touchline.
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