tighten the screws


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tighten the screws on (one)

To exert excessive and coercive pressure, force, or threats of violence on one. The bank has really started tightening the screws on me ever since I began missing my mortgage payments. I'll send one of my strong men around to him tomorrow to tighten the screws on him. Then we'll see if he's still so sure he won't sign the contract.
See also: on, screw, tighten

tighten the screws

see under turn up the heat.
See also: screw, tighten
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New York City Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio, who had teamed up with UANI to launch the Iran Watch List, said, 'Consumers here have the power to force these companies out of Iran and tighten the screws on Tehran's regime.
The ministry pointed out that these practices come as a continuation of the fierce attack against the prisoners after the right-winged extremist Israeli government gave the green light to the prison's administration to increase the pressure on the prisoners and tighten the screws, for political gains.
Chamberlain, who is currently the president of the Middle East Institute, said Pakistani authorities should tighten the screws to deal with situation where the Taliban might try to overthrow the weak government and take control.
If the door is higher or lower than adjacent doors, loosen the mounting screws on both hinges, raise or lower the door, then tighten the screws.
Kumar Sangakkara also played a vital knock of 54 to tighten the screws on the hosts, who had scored 208 in their first innings in reply to Sri Lanka's 384.
Don't tighten the screws fully until the pan is level.
You can loosen the installation screws to insert the shims: use as many as are necessary until the units are plumb, then trim off the excess shims and tighten the screws.
The verdict: There are flaws in Fracture but, for the most part, screenwriters Daniel Pyne and Glenn Gars tighten the screws with skill.
wrench, shooters can now precisely tighten the screws on their guns to avoid breakage and destroying screwheads.
This latest increase represents the ECB's fifth decision by the ECB to tighten the screws since December 2005.
This is another of Bush's attempts to tighten the screws even more," Kerr said.