put the screws to (someone)

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put the screws to (someone)

To exert excessive and coercive pressure, force, or threats of violence on someone. The bank has really started putting the screws to me ever since I began missing my mortgage payments. I'll send a bit of muscle around tomorrow to put the screws to him. Then we'll see if he's still so sure he won't sign the contract.
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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.
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.
To the extent that the UFCW and the Teamsters have conspired to put the screws to the supermarkets, it's collusion, too.
The other option is to stay the course and put the screws to all insurgents.
According to other intelligence officials, Casey was trying to win the official imprimatur of the intelligence community on plans to put the screws to a country that had become a meddlesome foreign policy opponent.
The GITs, implemented in March in all of the LAPD's 18 divisions, integrate gang officers, detectives and narcotic investigators - as well as community watchdogs - to put the screws to L.