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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The use of coercive and illegal methods by police to obtain a confession or information from a suspect.

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  • noun idiomatic intensive rough interrogation in order to extract information or a confession.

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  • noun interrogation often accompanied by torture to extort information or a confession

Etymologies

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From Freemasonry - the intensive test to become a master mason.

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