bring (someone) to heel(redirected from brought to heel)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to brought to heel: touch base, fall through, at least, up to par
bring (someone) to heel
To force someone to obey one's wishes or commands; to make someone act in accordance with one's authority. The CEO was quick to bring the junior board member to heel after the latter spoke out of turn at the annual general meeting. Sir, the members of your squad are all out of control. You need to bring them to heel right away!