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.
See also: put, screw
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Leiweke complained to another newspaper that Trutanich has been putting the screws to him, warning AEG to cough up $6 million to cover the city's cost for 3,500 police officers, traffic control and a tasty lunch for those who worked detail during the televised Jackson memorial entertainment extravaganza - or else.
I'm not putting the screws to him to do something,'' Bavasi said, ``but I'd like for him to get a gameplan in motion.