put pressure on
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put pressure on (one)
To try to influence or persuade one to do something or act a certain way; to make demands on or expect something from someone. A number of companies have been putting pressure on politicians to ease up on corporate taxes and regulations. My parents have been putting pressure on me to get a job.
put (the) pressure on someone (to do something)
to make demands on someone; to try to get someone to do something. Please don't put pressure on me to go there! We put the pressure on him to get him to come, but he refused.
put pressure on something
to apply weight or pressure to something. (See also put (the) pressure on someone (to do something).) Put pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding. Put some pressure on the papers to flatten them out.