the third degree

the third degree

Intense or thorough interrogation, scrutiny, or questioning. Kayla's boyfriend is so controlling, always giving her the third degree if she goes anywhere or sees anyone without him. I got the third degree from the police regarding my whereabouts during the crime.
See also: degree, third

*third degree

Fig. a long and detailed period of questioning. (*Typically: get ~; give someone ~.) Why is it I get the third degree from you every time I come home late? Poor Sally spent all night at the police station getting the third degree.
See also: degree, third

third degree

Intensive questioning or rough treatment used to obtain information or a confession, as in The detectives gave her the third degree, or Jim gave her the third degree when she came home so late. This term comes from freemasonry, where a candidate receives the third or highest degree, that of master mason, upon passing an intensive test. Dating from the 1770s, the phrase was transferred to other kinds of interrogation in the late 1800s.
See also: degree, third

(give somebody) the ˌthird deˈgree

(informal) question somebody for a long time and in a thorough way; use threats or violence to get information from somebody: The soldiers were given the third degree in order to make them reveal the information.Why are you giving me the third degree?This expression comes from Freemasonry (= a secret society). In order to reach the highest level of the organization and become a Third Degree Mason, members are interrogated.
See also: degree, third

third degree

n. a session of questioning, usually by the police. Bart got the third degree, but—being the thoroughbred he is—he was a clam. They gave Spike the third degree, but he refused to say anything.
See also: degree, third
References in classic literature ?
But for the third degree, which is simulation, and false profession; that I hold more culpable, and less politic; except it be in great and rare matters.
Those who are responsible for the third degree of the Order of the Yellow Crayon, and for your Majesty's ignorance concerning its existence, have trifled with the destiny of the greatest sovereign of modern times.
Sabin said firmly, "is responsible for the existence of the third degree.
From the problem of the licence in cross-examination, their talk strayed to Roman and mediaeval torture, to the examining magistrate in France and the Third Degree in America.
In 2011, by order of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, he was awarded with the distinction of "For Fidelity to the Law" of the third degree.
In addition, JAMIE ROTONDARO and the two companies are each charged with an additional count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and one count of Insurance Fraud in the Third Degree for stealing employee retirement savings and committing insurance fraud.
A source within Khartoum state disclosed in June 2014 that several proposals were made to raise the water rate by 33% (20 pounds SDG) for the third degree consumers, 40% (35 pounds) for the second degree consumers and 33% (60 pounds) for the first degree consumers.
The elections took place 21 September, 2013, where the Kurdish Democratic Party gained 38 seats, Change Movement 24 seats and the National Union Party occupied the third degree in the results of the elections.
Again, their explanation of the third degree of humility receives only a brief endnote.
The Third Degree festival has previously featured Sandi Thom and The Wombats, who went on to win chart success.
Symphonic metal choirs will rub shoulders with embryonic chart acts and folk singers at the Third Degree Festival.
In order to receive the fourth-degree status, a Knights of Columbus member must prove himself as a patriot, serve well as a member of the third degree and be sponsored by a fourth-degree member, Gladbach said.
The winner of the quiz will walk away with the Third Degree Trophy and will start the lottery draw.
Levin announced that Raymond Weinmeier, 22, of Brooklyn was arrested on October 26, 1999 and charged with insurance fraud in the third degree and grand larceny in the third degree.
Gordon, a licensed real estate broker, was arraigned on April 2, 1999, on charges of Insurance Fraud in the third degree and Grand Larceny in the third degree.