bring someone to heel

bring someone to heel
bring/call/someone to heel phrase
to make someone do what you want them to do
Thesaurus: to nag or force someone to do somethingsynonym
Main entry: heel

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bring someone under control

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • bring someone to heel — bring (someone) to heel to force someone to obey you. Western politicians opposed the president s effort to bring the Supreme Court to heel. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of bring to heel (= to order a dog to walk close behind you) …   New idioms dictionary

  • bring someone to heel — If you bring someone to heel, you make them obey you.( Call someone to heel is also used.)  …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • bring someone to heel — bring/call (someone) to heel to force someone to obey you. He decided that threatening to sue the publishers was the easiest way of bringing them to heel …   New idioms dictionary

  • bring someone to heel — bring someone under control. → heel …   English new terms dictionary

  • bring someone to heel —    If you force someone to behave in a disciplined manner, you bring them to heel.     The boy had always behaved badly, but the new headmaster managed to bring him to heel …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • call someone to heel — bring/call/someone to heel phrase to make someone do what you want them to do Thesaurus: to nag or force someone to do somethingsynonym Main entry: heel …   Useful english dictionary

  • call someone to heel — bring/call (someone) to heel to force someone to obey you. He decided that threatening to sue the publishers was the easiest way of bringing them to heel …   New idioms dictionary

  • bring to heel — bring (someone) to heel to force someone to obey you. Western politicians opposed the president s effort to bring the Supreme Court to heel. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of bring to heel (= to order a dog to walk close behind you) …   New idioms dictionary

  • heel — [[t]hi͟ːl[/t]] heels, heeling, heeled 1) N COUNT Your heel is the back part of your foot, just below your ankle. 2) N COUNT The heel of a shoe is the raised part on the bottom at the back. He kicked it shut with the heel of his boot. ...the shoes …   English dictionary

  • heel — heel1 noun 1》 the back part of the foot below the ankle.     ↘the part of the palm of the hand next to the wrist. 2》 the part of a shoe or boot supporting the heel. 3》 informal, dated an inconsiderate or untrustworthy person. 4》 the end of a… …   English new terms dictionary

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