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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)

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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)
Translations of “the third degree”
in Chinese (Simplified) 严厉盘问, 逼供, 刑讯…
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴厲盤問, 逼供, 刑訊…
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