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.
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put the screws

to/on Slang
To pressure (another) in an extreme manner.
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"Quite frankly, the hypocrisy is galling for Saudi to be putting the screws to Qatar in the manner that they are -- sanctioning or blockading the Qataris for their funding of terrorism.
Whether fronting his iconic TV show "Good Eats,'' playing the role of host and sportscaster on the "Iron Chef America'' smackdown, putting the screws to would-be TV personalities on "The Next Food Network Star'' or causing chaos on the vicious gamechow show "Cutthroat Kitchen,'' Alton Brown is a standout in the world of foodie television.
What a mess that has been kicked up by a government that has been putting the screws to First Nations leadership over accountability and transparency issues since it first came to power in 2006: the hypocrisy of it all.
"Most New Yorkers play by the rules and pay what they owe--and the ones that don't are putting the screws to the rest of us," said Commissioner Frankel.
In Gorenberg's reading, then, the deal represents the Obama administration putting the screws to the Netanyahu administration to an even greater extent than they are getting credit (or blame) for.
He is waging a similar holy war against medical marijuana in California, while putting the screws to federal prosecutors across the nation to more aggressively pursue the death penalty.