tighten the screws

see under turn up the heat.


Nearby words

  1. tight-money policy,
  2. tight-mouthed,
  3. tightass,
  4. tighten,
  5. tighten one's belt,
  6. tightfisted,
  7. tightfitting,
  8. tightknit,
  9. tightly,
  10. tightrope

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