lay (one) by the heels

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lay (one) by the heels

obsolete To place someone's hands or feet in shackles; to lock up or imprison someone. Even now citizens have been calling for the governor to be laid by the heels for his involvement in the scandal. Though they may lay us by the heels, we must never give up our fight against their oppression!
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lay by the heels

To put in fetters or shackles; imprison.
See also: by, heel, lay