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Explanation: What is an idiom?

A very tough and challenging interview or interrogation.

Context:

"Hello George, you look a bit upset."

"Boyfriend trouble."

"I didn't know you were gay."

"Very funny! Not Maureen's split up with her boyfriend and says it's all my fault."

"What?"

"Well, you remember a few weeks ago when she stayed out all night without even telling me?"

"Oh yeah, heavy."

"Well, the day afterwards, I sat down with the boy and gave him the third degree."

"I bet you did. Find out anything?"

"Yes, I found out that I didn't like him and told him so."

"And then he split up with your Maureen?"

"Yeah."

"And she thinks that it's your fault?"

"Exactly."

"Now why would she think a thing like that?"

"I just don't know."

"Here George, let me buy you a drink and tell you a few things about human nature..."

Notes:

Masons are a strange group of men in Britain, from the upper classes, who help each other out, have secret meetings and also have strange rituals, while the rest of the male population is watching football. There are three degrees of seniority in Masonic lodges; the Entered Apprentice, the Fellowcraft and the Master Mason. 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.

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