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English definition of “a turn of the screw”

a turn of the screw

an action that makes a bad situation worse, especially one that forces someone to do something: Each letter from my bank manager is another turn of the screw.Deteriorating and making worse
(Definition of a turn of the screw from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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