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

put the screws

to/on Slang
To pressure (another) in an extreme manner.
See also: put, screw
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He said, 'So you would have to nationalize the banking system because that is how ECB (European Central Bank) and the Germans and the Troika put the screws to Greece every time there is negotiations.
We're not running out of oil and won't anytime soon, which is why the Saudis are helping put the screws to our domestic industry.
They came in, looked at our books, looked at everything and said, CyHere's some accounts we feel like we're going to regulate you on,' and they kind of put the screws to us on what we could and couldn't do type thing," a manager stated in the recording.
The conventional wisdom following last month's midterm elections is that the rousing Republican victory would mean a more favorable climate for Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu's government in the United Statesthat the extra-friendly Congress would make it more difficult for the Obama Administration to put the screws to Netanyahu the way it has.
Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) put the screws to those beloved by Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery), whose book about having supposedly survived a near-death encounter with the notorious Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), Hoffman's former boss, is revealed to be bogus.
IBM/Lotus is juicing its collaboration tools with a dose of analytics and cloud-based integration with the belief it can redefine the technology, meet the needs of a sophisticated new user generation, and put the screws to an expanding field of competitors.
They put the screws to the NGA to stop offering the data or start paying for it with rights to resell it.
To the extent that the UFCW and the Teamsters have conspired to put the screws to the supermarkets, it's collusion, too.
The other option is to stay the course and put the screws to all insurgents.
McQuaig's last book, Behind Closed Doors was a brilliant -- and comic -- examination of the way Tory tax reform put the screws to the majority of Canadians.
According to other intelligence officials, Casey was trying to win the official imprimatur of the intelligence community on plans to put the screws to a country that had become a meddlesome foreign policy opponent.
The GITs, implemented in March in all of the LAPD's 18 divisions, integrate gang officers, detectives and narcotic investigators - as well as community watchdogs - to put the screws to L.