crack the whip


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crack the whip

To push or urge someone (usually one's subordinate) to work harder, likened to literally cracking a whip to control or urge on an animal. The boss is nervous that we'll lose this account, so he's really started cracking the whip on us.
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crack the whip

Behave in a domineering and demanding way toward one's subordinates. For example, He's been cracking the whip ever since he got his promotion. This expression, first recorded in 1647, alludes to drivers of horse-drawn wagons who snapped their whips hard, producing a loud cracking noise. Its figurative use dates from the late 1800s.
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crack the whip

If a person in authority cracks the whip, they make people work hard by being strict. They've recently installed a new management team to crack the whip. Donna stayed at home and cracked the whip over her three girls and son. Note: When someone makes people work hard by being strict with them, you can talk about the crack of their whip. He has, he says `a team of ten working hard under' him. You can almost hear the crack of his whip.
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crack the ˈwhip

use your authority or power to make somebody work very hard, usually by treating them in a strict way: What you need to do is crack the whip and make sure that they do the job properly.
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crack the whip

To behave in a domineering manner; demand hard work and efficiency from those under one's control.
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The party would probably crack the whip if we decide to support a certain candidate, whether the candidate is Senator Poe, Vice President Binay or Secretary Mar, Sotto said.
But despite failing to crack the whip, Uhuru expressed confidence in the country's investigative agencies in what appeared to be a rebuke to Ruto and his allies.
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The ministry will also crack the whip on police and administrators taking sides with rogue politicians, he said.
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