give (someone) the third degree

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give (someone) the third degree

To interrogate, scrutinize, or question someone intensely or thoroughly. My boyfriend is so controlling, always giving me the third degree if I go anywhere or see anyone without him. The police gave me the third degree regarding my whereabouts during the crime.
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When the newly acquired hurler returned to his stall, Washburn attempted to give him the third degree.
She's getting married to a bloke called Sid, but when Audrey (Sue Nicholls) and Fred (John Savident) give him the third degree over his motives for marriage, tragedy strikes.