hold a gun to someone's head

hold a gun to someone's head
hold/put/a gun to someone’s head informal phrase
to blackmail someone (=force them to do something by threatening to do something bad to them)
Thesaurus: to nag or force someone to do somethingsynonym
Main entry: gun

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hold a gun to someone's head — see gun, 1
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Main Entry:hold

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • hold a gun to someone's head — hold a gun to (someone s) head to use threats to get what you want. No one held a gun to her head and made her live with the guy she made that bad decision all on her own. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of hold a gun to somebody s head( …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold a gun to (someone's) head — hold/put a gun to (someone s) head to use threats to force someone to do what you want. Management are holding a gun to our heads. If we don t behave we ll lose our jobs …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold/put a gun to someone's head — to force someone to do something by using threats You don t have to go if you don t want to. No one s holding a gun to your head. • • • Main Entry: ↑gun …   Useful english dictionary

  • put a gun to someone's head — hold/put/a gun to someone’s head informal phrase to blackmail someone (=force them to do something by threatening to do something bad to them) Thesaurus: to nag or force someone to do somethingsynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • put a gun to (someone's) head — hold/put a gun to (someone s) head to use threats to force someone to do what you want. Management are holding a gun to our heads. If we don t behave we ll lose our jobs …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold a gun to head — hold a gun to (someone s) head to use threats to get what you want. No one held a gun to her head and made her live with the guy she made that bad decision all on her own. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of hold a gun to somebody s head( …   New idioms dictionary

  • gun — gun1 W2S2 [gʌn] n [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Perhaps from Gunnilda, a woman s name, from Old Norse Gunnhildr] 1.) a metal weapon which shoots bullets or ↑shells have/hold/carry a gun ▪ I could see he was carrying a gun. ▪ I ve never fired a gun in …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gun — gun1 [ gʌn ] noun count *** 1. ) a weapon that shoots bullets, for example a pistol or a rifle. You load a gun with ammunition and pull the trigger to use it: Move! said Cardiff, waving the gun at them. She found herself looking down the barrel… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gun — I UK [ɡʌn] / US noun [countable] Word forms gun : singular gun plural guns *** 1) a) a weapon that shoots bullets, for example a pistol or a rifle. You load a gun with ammunition and pull the trigger to use it a gang armed with machine guns Move! …   English dictionary

  • hold — hold1 W1S1 [həuld US hould] v past tense and past participle held [held] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(in your hand/arms)¦ 2¦(event)¦ 3¦(keep something in position)¦ 4¦(job/title)¦ 5¦(keep/store)¦ 6¦(keep something available for somebody)¦ 7¦(keep somebody… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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