put the heat on
put the heat on (someone)
1. To pressure someone to do something. We need to put the heat on those guys so that they finally pay their debt to us.
2. To force an opponent to work harder. Just because you're first in your class doesn't mean you can ignore your studies—your classmates will start putting the heat on you.
put the heat on (someone)and put the screws on (someone); put the squeeze on (someone); put the heat on; put the screws on; put the squeeze on
Sl. to put pressure on someone (to do something); to coerce someone. John wouldn't talk, so the police were putting the heat on him to confess. When my boss puts the screws on, he can be very unpleasant. The police know how to put the squeeze on.