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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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GARY MEGSON is back cracking the whip at West Brom, but admits he has mellowed from his first stint.
CRACKING the whip on traffic violations, the Delhi traffic police has recommended to the state transport department to cancel more than 80,000 licences of what it calls the ' worst offenders behind the wheels'.
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06 -- The Chinese administration which is focusing on the clean energy after the the world's largest automobile market is reported to be among the biggest polluters, is now cracking the whip on the lead acid battery makers.
We know we can't be complacent and I'll get the senior players cracking the whip in that respect.
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THE Delhi government has instructed all hotels and restaurants to place a placard on their premises saying service charge is voluntary, cracking the whip on those that force consumers to pay the fee.