turn of the screw

turn of the screw

Something that worsens an already difficult or negative situation. Seeing my ex-boyfriend with his new girlfriend is just another turn of the screw. My financial situation is already dire, so that traffic ticket is a real turn of the screw.
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a (final or last) turn of the screw

an additional amount of pressure or hardship applied to a situation that is already extremely difficult to bear. informal
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a ˌturn of the ˈscrew

another problem or difficulty added to a situation which is already very bad: In this recession a rise in interest rates is just another turn of the screw for businesses.This idiom refers to a method of torturing people. Thumbscrews were used to crush people’s thumbs, and turning them tightened them.
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References in classic literature ?
If the child gives the effect another turn of the screw, what do you say to TWO children--?
Just when it seemed to him that another turn of the screw would kill him, little Stanislovas stopped.
He perceived himself so extremely forlorn and lamentable, and was moved so deeply by the oppressive sorrow, that another turn of the screw, he felt, would bring tears out of his eyes.
While recent film versions of Henry James' novels by such directors as Jane Campion, Agnieszka Holland and James Ivory have met with wildly divergent critical receptions, it's hard to recall a more wrongheaded attempt to transfer the author to the screen than Spanish newcomer Antoni Aloy's "Presence of Mind," a blundering adaptation of "The Turn of the Screw.
THE TURN OF THE SCREW - Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, until October 23.
Henry James was queer at least by temperament, but The Turn of the Screw is only a novella and not gay; and The Bostonians is antilesbian and unsatisfactory.
Coun David Roy, leader of the Conservative group on the city council, said: "This is another turn of the screw from the Labour party to drive motorists out of the city.
But this time, in an ironic turn of the screw, politics intruded on the art itself.
Articles cover topics such as the villainization of infertile women in horror films, unexpected evil in Rosemary's Baby, adoption in The Turn of the Screw, and mutant child seers in contemporary Spanish horror film.
Director Peter Doran promised some old-school horror with his version of the Henry James classic, The Turn Of The Screw, for the Torch Theatre Company and that's exactly what you get.
Our taxes are high enough without a VAT increase, another turn of the screw.
The Turn of the Screw, Opera North, at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.
The company is staging two new productions, The Merry Widow (Tuesday and Thursday) and The Turn of the Screw (Wednesday), while Friday and Saturday see the return of the acclaimed The Adventures of Pinocchio.
Houston Grand Opera's The Turn of the Screw (seen Feb.
Wednesday The Turn of the Screw BBC One Wales, 9pm In the traditional Beeb Christmas horror slot, Michelle Dockery heads the cast of familiar faces in this adaptation of the Henry James' novella.