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crack the whip

To push or urge someone (usually one's subordinate) to work harder, likened to literally cracking a whip to control or urge on an animal. The boss is nervous that we'll lose this account, so he's really started cracking the whip on us.
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crack the whip

Behave in a domineering and demanding way toward one's subordinates. For example, He's been cracking the whip ever since he got his promotion. This expression, first recorded in 1647, alludes to drivers of horse-drawn wagons who snapped their whips hard, producing a loud cracking noise. Its figurative use dates from the late 1800s.
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crack the whip

If a person in authority cracks the whip, they make people work hard by being strict. They've recently installed a new management team to crack the whip. Donna stayed at home and cracked the whip over her three girls and son. Note: When someone makes people work hard by being strict with them, you can talk about the crack of their whip. He has, he says `a team of ten working hard under' him. You can almost hear the crack of his whip.
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crack the ˈwhip

use your authority or power to make somebody work very hard, usually by treating them in a strict way: What you need to do is crack the whip and make sure that they do the job properly.
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crack the whip

To behave in a domineering manner; demand hard work and efficiency from those under one's control.
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References in classic literature ?
reiterated Crimsworth; and to complete his apostrophe, he cracked the whip straight over my head.
After Congress veteran Ahmed Patel's hard-fought victory in the Rajya Sabha elections, the party yesterday cracked the whip against 14 rebel legislators, including former chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela, expelling them for six years for anti-party activities.
Rodolfo Farinas exclaimed on Saturday as he cracked the whip on tardiness at the House of Representatives.
I cracked the whip on myself, got it done, and even had some fun.
It's not his fault (this time), as Kevin has cracked the whip at work and he's working on a motorway breakdown.
Kenya Red Cross has urged the Jubilee administration to consider efforts made by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to enhance lives in communities before it cracked the whip on them.
That's because political journalists cracked the whip over last year's dirty tricks when they undid my apron strings - the Shrove Tuesday equivalent of loosening a racehorse's saddle.
Connacht coach Eric Elwood has cracked the whip and warned his men not to pick up any more yellow cards after four players were sin-binned in their opening two games.
BIHAR chief minister Nitish Kumar cracked the whip on Thursday by sacking minister for registration, excise and prohibition, Jamshed Ashraf.
Alex McLeish has cracked the whip and when Blues have a St Andrew's game, the squad is expected to report at 11.
Again the GRA have cracked the whip, so not allowing the older and disabled owners to watch the Channel 425 service.
Sir Bobby Robson has really cracked the whip since Newcastle United returned from their two-match trip to the Far East.
Denise cracked the whip and now he's going to miss a great night.
And while manager Sir Alex Ferguson has cracked the whip off the pitch, insisting on the eve of the season that reputations would count for nothing, Keane is doing so on it.
But most timely was seeing Dave Dee, the man who cracked the whip in the Legend of Xanadu, now cracking the whip as a magistrate.