hold (one's) feet to the fire

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hold (one's) feet to the fire

To put pressure on one to do, say, or consent to something. The journalist has spent the last year holding the prime minister's feet to the fire in relation to her campaign promises about wealth distribution. People have been holding her feet to the fire to take the images down from the website.
See also: feet, fire, hold

hold someone's feet to the fire

Also, keep someone's feet to the fire. Pressure someone to consent to or undertake something, as in The only way you'll get him to agree is to hold his feet to the fire. This idiom alludes to an ancient test of courage or form of torture in which a person's feet were so placed. It began to be used figuratively in the second half of the 1900s. Also see hold a gun to someone's head.
See also: feet, fire, hold

hold (someone's) feet to the fire

To pressure (someone) to consent to or undertake something.
See also: feet, fire, hold
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I expect the committee to hold my feet to the fire," he said.