hold a pistol to (one's) head

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hold a pistol to (one's) head

To force or pressure someone to do something. Kristina, you don't have to move if you don't want to—no one's holding a pistol to your head.
See also: head, hold, pistol

hold/put a ˈgun to somebody’s head

force somebody to do something that they do not want to do by making threats: He had to sack a hundred workers last week. He didn’t want to, but the bank was holding a gun to his head.
See also: gun, head, hold, put