Meaning of “the third degree” in the English Dictionary

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"the third degree" in British English

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the third degree

informal

asking serious questions and/or giving someone rough treatment to get information:

I got the third degree when I got home last night.

(Definition of “the third degree” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"third degree" in American English

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third degreenoun [ U ]

us /ˈθɜrd dɪˈɡri/

severe questioning of someone to find out as much as you can:

We gave the babysitter the third degree before we hired her.

(Definition of “third degree” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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