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turn up the heat on

Also, put the heat or screws or squeeze on ; tighten the screws on. Pressure someone, as in The cops turned up the heat on drivers who show signs of drunkenness, or They said they'd tighten the screws on her if she didn't confess. All of these slangy terms allude to forms of physical coercion or torture. The first dates from about 1930, the variants using screws from the mid-1800s, and squeeze from the late 1700s.
See also: heat, on, turn, up
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ALAN IRVINE is planning to put the heat back on Arsene Wenger today - and the West Brom boss reckons he knows exactly how to do it.
James' decision has put the Heat in a quandary after Bosh and Wade chose to opt out of their contracts for over $40M for two years.
Michael Clarke has had enough of Australia's woeful tour of India and has put the heat on his players ahead of the third Test in Mohali.
Rees must be accurate and use his power to put the heat on du Plessis at the scrum.
Once having done that, to get the police department completely out of Parker Center, the dates have varied from I think an overly ambitious 90 days to probably more realistically someplace in the 18-to-20-month period of time if we really put the heat to it.
Feeble efforts in the FA Cup quarter-final defeat against Sheffield United and in the league put the heat firmly on Venables again.
I think England should at least get a point, but I think they can win it and put the heat on the Germans.
Taking Spicy Spices Down a Notch--Chipotle, ancho, and jalapeSo were several of the spicy flavors that put the heat on 2006 menus.
That's why we're having this round table in government with them to really put the heat on and say: 'Look, you've got extraordinary capabilities to help search the internet .
Miami guard Mario Chalmers broke down the Bulls' defense to put the Heat up by two, capping a seven-to-zero Heat run with 25 seconds remaining.
PHIL GODMAN reckons Edinburgh are buzzing because staying cool helped them put the heat on Ulster.
Gran Carol Cripps, 63, is afraid to put the heat on at her home at Llandudno Junction, North Wales, after her quarterly bill soared by pounds 200.
In attempting to defend Ricardo Fuller, Hearts boss Craig Levein has just put the heat on the Dunfermline striker
I put the heat on him and he didn't want to continue.
This hot holiday gift idea is a compact foot warmer designed to put the heat on cold feet at home or in the office with just the touch of a toe.