put (someone) under the pump

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put (someone) under the pump

To put (someone) under pressure to perform, succeed, or achieve results. Primarily heard in UK. The fast-food giant has been put under the pump in the last few years by dropping sales and sliding market value. The cricket community has really put the ageing batsman under the pump to deliver results this season, or else consider retirement.
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Tendulkar is obviously a pretty big wicket for us, if we can get him early we're definitely on the way I think, so we'll work hard to apply pressure early, put him under the pump and hopefully watch him crumble," the 27-year-old commented.