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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When she came home, I would give her the third degree as I was so terrified I'd lose her.
It didn't help that, a couple of months later, I got another job which required me to give her the third degree on where it all went wrong with Va-ness-a.