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bring (someone) to heel

To force someone to obey one's wishes or commands; to make someone act in accordance with one's authority. The CEO was quick to bring the junior board member to heel after the latter spoke out of turn at the annual general meeting. Sir, the members of your squad are all out of control. You need to bring them to heel right away!
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bring someone to heel

Fig. to cause someone to act in a disciplined fashion; to force someone to act in a more disciplined manner. She tried to bring her husband to heel, but he had a mind of his own. He was brought to heel by his demanding wife.
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bring to heel

Force to obey, subjugate. For example, The prisoners were quickly brought to heel. This term transfers commanding a dog to come close behind its master to similar control over human beings or affairs. [Second half of 1800s]
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bring someone to heel

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call someone to heel

COMMON If you bring someone to heel or call them to heel, you make them obey you. The king was determined to bring his rebellious subjects to heel. Others question whether he really holds such power over the president, who has been known to call him to heel at times. Note: The image here is of a person making their dog walk obediently at their side.
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It is time to isolate Russia from the rest of the planet with mass embargoes and bring them to heel.
It's a common knowledge that the game and the default position is to use human rights as a cudgel to cobble together a "united front" of sorts that will isolate Iran and Russia, bring them to heel, force them to become Western-friendly, and accept their hegemony, or in the wildest pipe dreams of strategic planners, "to bring down the regimes." So it seems the latest move by the UN is less a product of concern for human rights and program funds, and more the result of a collective foreign policy vendetta against the Iranian and Russian governments by a very rich and influential American-Saudi-Israeli lobby vested comfortably in the city of New York hatching its various pressure campaigns.
"No conscience, no empathy, we can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel."
But will their drastic tactic be enough to fetch them a deal, or will the Dragons bring them to heel? RED ARROWS: INSIDE THE BUBBLE BBC2, 9pm The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team - more commonly known as the Red Arrows - is based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire and has taken part in more than 4,500 displays since 1965.
But will their drastic tactic be enough to fetch them a deal, or will the Dragons bring them to heel? Evan Davis presents the show, ushering in the hopeful contestants as well as hearing from them after their pitches.
Sabahi's implied criticism of the judiciary has won him few friends among judges who stood strong against Mursi's attempts to bring them to heel.
Both Yadav and Mayawati have CBI corruption cases hanging over them, raising suspicions that these are being used to bring them to heel. Last month, before the winter session of parliament, Singh hosted both leaders at separate meals in an effort to get them to back his economic reform agenda.
Those who wish for a government which serves the rich and powerful rather than tries, albeit late and too feebly, to bring them to heel.
Hendershot finds that the magazines solve this dilemma by equating adolescent empowerment with restraint but also with therapeutic talk, being conscious of one's feelings, presumably to bring them to heel. Meanwhile, male teens are encouraged to sublimate their sexual desire by pumping iron while females are advised to refrain from sex but also to keep their bodies fit--wait training, if you will.
He takes legal action to bring them to heel. David Westwood, the Chief at the centre of the row is adamant he is not going and the saga continues.
AN ATTACK on a North Wales teenager, leaving him with life threatening injuries, shows young yobs need to be named and shamed to bring them to heel, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.
But with 13 mistresses in his lifetime, he must have wished he could bring them to heel as easily as he could his beloved dogs.
And the power brokers have ways of torturing people -- through professional and personal ostracism, or other retaliation -- to bring them to heel."
After the brats scare off 17 different nannies, he hires Emma Thompson's scary wartfaced child minder, who uses magic to bring them to heel. (2005/U) Adventures in Babysitting Film4 6.45pm Chris Columbus's directorial debut is, for me, more entertaining than his later Home Alone films.
"Turkey, in my view, is out of control and some nation is going to have to bring them to heel," he said.