tighten the screws


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Related to tighten the screws: take it on the chin, get off the ground, catch you later, cut some slack, none the wiser, run an errand

tighten the screws

see under turn up the heat.
See also: screw, tighten
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But it appears certain that Washington will tighten the screws on Beijing after the Games to improve its record on human rights, now that there is information that the Chinese army fired on a crowd of Tibetans this week.
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.
Again, don't over tighten the screws until the end because you may need to alter them slightly.
The verdict: There are flaws in Fracture but, for the most part, screenwriters Daniel Pyne and Glenn Gars tighten the screws with skill.
This is another of Bush's attempts to tighten the screws even more," Kerr said.
But I really didn't tighten the screws for this one.
The Windies were just starting to tighten the screws on Bangladesh when the heavens opened up in Benoni.
government to tighten the screws on foreign governments over intellectual property rights, particularly with medicine," says James Love, director of the Consumer Project on Technology, a Washington, D.
Special cages have been fitted on to the sport-mad lads' feet and parents Anthony, 34, and Tracey tighten the screws four times a day to stretch them.