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Meaning of “put/tighten the screws on sb” in the English Dictionary

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put/tighten the screws on sb

informal to use ​force or ​threats to make someone do what you ​want: They put the ​screws on him until he ​paid up.
(Definition of put/tighten the screws on sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “put/tighten the screws on sb”
in Chinese (Simplified) 给(某人)施加压力…
in Chinese (Traditional) 給(某人)施加壓力…
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