put the screws on


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Related to put the screws on: defer to, Off the Top of My Head, give it a shot, come to fruition, pick up on, put the screws on someone, in its entirety

put the screws on

(someone) Go to put the heat on (someone).
See also: on, put, screw

put the screws on somebody

  (informal)
to use force or threats to make someone do what you want
Usage notes: In the past, screws or thumbscrews were devices used to hurt people by crushing their thumbs in order to force them to do something.
They put the screws on him until eventually he was forced to resign. (informal)
See also: on, put, screw

put the screws on

see under turn up the heat.
See also: on, put, screw