bring someone to heel

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. 2014.

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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 — 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 * * * bring someone under control …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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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