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come to heel

To assume a position of subjugation, discipline, or submission to authority. You need to come to heel because the CEO was not pleased when you spoke out of turn at the annual general meeting. Sir, the members of your squad are all out of control. They must come to heel right away!
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come to heel

to stop behaving in a way that annoys someone in authority and to start obeying their orders A few government rebels refused to come to heel and had to be expelled from the party.
See also: come, heel