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turn up the heat

1. To pressure someone to do something. We need to turn up the heat on those guys so that they finally pay their debt to us.
2. To start to do something with more determination or intensity. Wow, they really turned up the heat on their opponents in the second half.
See also: heat, turn, up

turn up the heat on

Also, put the heat or screws or squeeze on ; tighten the screws on. Pressure someone, as in The cops turned up the heat on drivers who show signs of drunkenness, or They said they'd tighten the screws on her if she didn't confess. All of these slangy terms allude to forms of physical coercion or torture. The first dates from about 1930, the variants using screws from the mid-1800s, and squeeze from the late 1700s.
See also: heat, on, turn, up
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Facing a team it has already beaten twice in the elimination round, Alab proved relentless from start to finish as coach Jimmy Alapag's charges put the Heat to the sword for its maiden playoff victory since joining the regional league last year.
I was fishing a new rod and reel, so I wanted to test it out and put the heat to the fish, and that I did.
James' decision has put the Heat in a quandary after Bosh and Wade chose to opt out of their contracts for over $40M for two years.
Michael Clarke has had enough of Australia's woeful tour of India and has put the heat on his players ahead of the third Test in Mohali.
Miami guard Mario Chalmers broke down the Bulls' defense to put the Heat up by two, capping a seven-to-zero Heat run with 25 seconds remaining.
PHIL GODMAN reckons Edinburgh are buzzing because staying cool helped them put the heat on Ulster.
Rees must be accurate and use his power to put the heat on du Plessis at the scrum.
Gran Carol Cripps, 63, is afraid to put the heat on at her home at Llandudno Junction, North Wales, after her quarterly bill soared by pounds 200.
DAVID Cameron has vowed to "put the heat on" the internet companies over the online posting of indecent images of children.
These days I'm surprised as most venues can't afford to put the heat on.
Trailing by 10 shots early in the final round, Woods appeared to have been reduced to a spectator buthe put the heat on by shooting a seven-under-par 65.
"Your dossier is helping us put the heat on the cheats and we're investigating your cases with a view to prosecutions."
ALAN IRVINE is planning to put the heat back on Arsene Wenger today - and the West Brom boss reckons he knows exactly how to do it.
IRELAND: Malcolm O'Kelly reckons Namibia and Georgia will try to put the heat on Ireland up front when they take on Eddie O'Sullivan's side in Bordeaux over the next two weekends.
LIVERPOOL boss Gerard Houllier wants Leicester star Neil Lennon to become his new midfield general - and put the heat on skipper Paul Ince.