put the screws

put the screws

to/on Slang
To pressure (another) in an extreme manner.
See also: put, screw
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The former was sulky at this silence, but not disquieted; for, as he said, he knew where he could put the screw upon George, and only waited the result of that operation.
We focused on improving obvious things like the pencil holders, but we also paid attention to the smallest of details like where we put the screws.
Unless governments cut their deficits, the bond vigilantes will put the screws to them by forcing up interest rates.
We're not running out of oil and won't anytime soon, which is why the Saudis are helping put the screws to our domestic industry.
They came in, looked at our books, looked at everything and said, CyHere's some accounts we feel like we're going to regulate you on,' and they kind of put the screws to us on what we could and couldn't do type thing," a manager stated in the recording.
But Hawks defied those odds and, as Trojans fell apart, Maarten de Jonge and Simon Payne put the screws on the Trojans guards, and as shots missed at one end, they rained in at the other.
I THINK not, after the way this government has put the screws on the least able and vulnerable in society.
The scanner, which had quickly been placed around the woman on the operating table, instantly relayed live pictures on a large screen above her head so the surgeons could see where to put the screws.
And the answer, it seems, is to put the screws on suppliers (p4).
It's even worse when we have to put the screws back in and then go back the next day to unscrew them again to reconnect the battery connector.
IBM/Lotus is juicing its collaboration tools with a dose of analytics and cloud-based integration with the belief it can redefine the technology, meet the needs of a sophisticated new user generation, and put the screws to an expanding field of competitors.
In an interview with Politis, published Sunday, the DISY boss said not enough was being done to put the screws on Turkey to soften its hardline stance on key aspects of a Cyprus settlement.
I told him (the New York electrician) not to put the screws to people," White said.
To the extent that the UFCW and the Teamsters have conspired to put the screws to the supermarkets, it's collusion, too.
SCO denied it was using the threat of invoicing to put the screws on customers, by compelling them to sign-up or risk legal action, but admitted it could invoice customers in future.