put foot down


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put (one's) foot down

To be unyielding or inflexible in one's position or decision. The kids complained and complained when we refused to get a puppy, but we had to put our foot down. As a manager, you have to put your foot down sometimes, or your staff will walk all over you.
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put one's foot down (about someone or something)

Fig. to assert something strongly. The boss put her foot down and refused to accept any more changes to the plan.
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put (one's) foot down

To take a firm stand.
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put one's foot down, to

To take a firm position. The analogy presumably is to setting one or both feet in a fixed position, representing a firm stand. Although versions of this term (usually with set one’s foot down) exist from the sixteenth century on, it became current only in the nineteenth century. The OED cites James Payn’s The Luck of the Darrells (1886): “She put her foot down . . . upon the least symptoms of an unpleasantry.”
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