Meaning of “a turn of the screw” in the English Dictionary

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"a turn of the screw" in British English

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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 is another turn of the screw.

(Definition of “a turn of the screw” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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