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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But when they finally decide to get married, the church (and their parents) should cheer them on, not give them the third degree.
As Greeley says, "Cheer them on, not give them the third degree.