hold a gun to (one's) head(redirected from holding a gun to their heads)
hold a gun 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 gun to your head.
hold a gun to someone's head
Exert pressure on someone, as in How could I refuse when she was holding a gun to my head? This hyperbolic expression dates from the first half of the 1900s. Also see at gunpoint; hold one's feet to the fire.
hold a gun to someone's heador
put a gun to someone's head
If someone holds a gun to your head or puts a gun to your head, they force you to do something by threatening very bad consequences if you do not do it. The union should follow the established procedures and should not try to hold a gun to the heads of the industry and passengers. Not a man to have a gun put to his head, Mr Riordan was soon tearing up the offer and cancelling future meetings with the union. Note: Other words with a similar meaning to gun are sometimes used. The banks' insistence on action has put a pistol to their heads.
hold (or put) a gun (or a pistol) to someone's headforce someone to do something by using threats.
hold/put a ˈgun to somebody’s headforce 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.
hold a gun to (someone's) head
To put pressure on someone.