put (someone) under the cosh

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put (someone) under the cosh

To force (someone) to contend with a difficult or stressful situation; to put (someone) under pressure or difficulty. Primarily heard in UK. Local businesses have been increasingly put under the cosh by the austerity measures imposed by the government after the economic crash. Middlesbrough has really been putting Manchester United under the cosh in this second half.
See also: cosh, put
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We've deliberately put him under the cosh in training to see whether he has the physical and mental qualities needed at this level, and he has reacted very well to those tests.
He pulled back from 8-10 against Rawnsley to win 12-10 and Townend's powerful backhands put him under the cosh before he claimed an 11-9 victory.