call (someone) to heel

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call (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 call 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 call them to heel right away!
See also: call, heel
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Like a dog called to heel by the huntsman, des Lupeaulx left his present quest and went immediately to his own rooms, thinking of his hazardous position.
We would be called to heel by Brussels, and it would embolden many of the EU leaders to speed up the process of ever closer union, and that would include, I think, the likelihood of a European military union," Col Kemp said.
The fall of Acre in 1291, which rendered tenuous the Order's very reason for being; the financial straits of Philip IV of France in the face of an increasingly complex political machine; the debacle at Anagni in 1303, and the resulting death of Boniface VIII, which for a time reduced the papacy to a puppet of French policy--all of these elements combine in Barber's work to undermine the traditional image of a degenerate order called to heel by a zealous (or a threatened) church.
Now the Ukranians will finally be called to heel when UEFA bosses lay down the law tomorrow.
IN THE SWING: Venus Williams who has been called to heel by her extrovert father, Richard.
It is a great pity that the grey-hound was not called to heel and restrained.