hold a gun to head

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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.
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hold a gun to someone's head

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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.
See also: gun, head, hold

hold a gun to (someone's) head

To put pressure on someone.
See also: gun, head, hold