put your foot down

put (one's) foot down

To be unyielding or inflexible in one's position or decision. The kids complained and complained when we refused to get a puppy, but we had to put our foot down. As a manager, you have to put your foot down sometimes, or your staff will walk all over you.
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put your foot down

COMMON
1. If you put your foot down, you tell someone forcefully that they must do something or that they must not do something. Annabel went through a phase of saying: `I can do my homework and watch TV.' Naturally I put my foot down. He had planned to go skiing on his own, but his wife put her foot down.
2. If you put your foot down when you are driving, you start to drive faster. Finding a clear stretch of the motorway, he put his foot down.
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put your foot down

1 adopt a firm policy when faced with opposition or disobedience. 2 make a motor vehicle go faster by pressing the accelerator pedal with your foot. British informal
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put your ˈfoot down

(informal)
1 drive faster in a car: If you put your foot down, we might be home by seven o’clock.
2 use your authority to stop somebody doing something: When she asked if she could stay out until midnight, I put my foot down and insisted that she come home by eleven at the latest.
See also: down, foot, put
References in classic literature ?
Put your foot down good and hard; the only way to manage a wife.
Suppose you boldly put your foot down, and say it is the hotel's business to pay its servants?
You want to put your foot down, Rose, and put it down hard--for once in your life --if you can," she added, half under her breath.
All you've got to do is put your foot down and say no.
They hold you up and when they clear you tend to put your foot down and make up for lost time.
One passenger is seen telling the driver to "put your foot down, put your foot down, put your foot down".
To compensate, you may put your foot down harder, using more fuel.
Louise Hamer-Brown, marketing controller at Bullring, said: "It's great to be a part of the grand final of Put Your Foot Down.
The events - titled Put Your Foot Down on Carbon - are targeted for businesses with high carbon footprints and aim to focus on how smarter driving can help reduce fuel consumption, thereby significantly reducing costs and the size of an organisation's carbon footprint.
But you just put your foot down and go to get into the show.
Well, stop pussyfooting around and put your foot down.
And who is the man in the trilby driving a Hillman Imp who pulls out just as you are about to put your foot down on a glorious stretch of clear road.
PUT your foot down when it comes to perfect winter footwear.
How to put your foot down without stepping on others
At home, your mother probably tells you not to put your foot down.
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