the third degree

the third degree (a very tough and challenging interview or interrogation; vigorous questioning in order to extort confession) — допрос с пристрастием

give sb the third degree {infml} (to ask someone a lot of questions in order to get information from them) — допросить с пристрастием, учинить допрос; поговорить очень серьезно; выпытывать; пристать, приставать с расспросами, ззамучить вопросами, расспросами

get the third degree — подвергнуться допросу с пристрастием

Example 1: I got home after curfew and Dad gave me the third degree.

Example 2: I was just out with friends — you don't have to give me the third degree.

Example 3: Whenever one of my boyfriends came to the house, Dad would give them the third degree.

put sb through the wringer
put sb through the mangle

(to cause a lot of stress; to give someone a hard time by making them feel uncomfortable, giving them lots of work to do, or asking them lots of personal questions; to subject someone to a very stressful experience, especially a severe interrogation)

go through the wringer
go through the mangle

If you say that someone has been put through the wringer or has gone through the wringer , you mean that they have suffered a very difficult or unpleasant experience, especially a severe interrogation.

(A wringer is a machine that squeezes all the water out of something. For instance, all dryers have wringers. The wringers help get the water out of your laundry.)

Example 1: This new job is really putting me through the wringer. It’s really difficult! (EB)

Example 2: My dad put my boyfriend through the wringer the first time he met him, but my boyfriend survived and now they get along great. (EB)

In medieval natural philosophy, degrees were the successive stages of intensity in which the elementary qualities of bodies (hot, cold, moist, dry) were described. The third degree, out of a normal total of four, was very intense; Shakespeare humorously describes one of his characters as lying 'in the third degree of drink'.

The terminology survives in third degree burns (the deepest variety) and in the (originally American) idea of third degree interrogation, though this may owe something to Masonic ritual. There are three degrees of seniority in Masonic lodges; to become a Master Mason, the highest rank, the candidate must attend an interview which is very hard, frightening and unpleasant. The third degree then, is the interview a man must have before he can become a Master Mason.