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English definition of “the third degree”

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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.
Translations of “the third degree”
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴厲盤問, 逼供, 刑訊…
in Chinese (Simplified) 严厉盘问, 逼供, 刑讯…
(Definition of the third degree from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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