Feel their collars - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
feel (one's) collar (redirected from feel their collars)
feel (one's) collar
To arrest one (as if by first grabbing them by their collar). The police will feel your collar soon enough if you keep breaking the law.
feel someone's collar arrest or legally apprehend someone.
The image here is of using a person's collar as a means of getting a secure grip on them.
References in periodicals archive
Lewis and Pickering were certainly made to feel their collars
, but they got what they wanted on the playing front in the end after some tough negotiating.
The start of a new year is an excellent time to feel their collars
and bring this yapping bunch of pooches to heel.