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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Stekelenburg had a good game as well, keeping Everton's lead intact at a moment in the game FC Twente forgot this was meant to be a dozy summer friendly and put them under the cosh.
Meanwhile boss Deila took a gentle swipe at Bitton for the red card which put them under the cosh.
Brighton put them under the cosh as they tried to recover and force a victory that would have given them their best start to a season for 35 years.
Instead they were scrambling around while Exeter, promoted last season, put them under the cosh.
We went into the shoot-out knowing we had experienced players available to take our kicks and that Ian Bennett was likely to save at least one of the Bournemouth penalties, and for him to stop their second really put them under the cosh.
We have to go out there on Sunday and tr y to put them under the cosh, although there's no doubt it is going to be difficult.
We felt we didn't play a lot in the first half so needed to put them under the cosh a bit more in the second but we are going to have to raise our game tenfold next week.
We didn't have a sustained 15-20-minute period where we really put them under the cosh.
We were up and at 'em, we put them under the cosh and Beats (James Beattie) got a great goal to show his strength and power.
Peter Reid's team spent most of the game in their own half as Liverpool put them under the cosh, but Phillips' early goal earned them a draw.
Everton's lead was deserved but Twente, who had earlier clipped the bar with a free-kick, put them under the cosh early in the second half, forcing Maarten Stekelenburg into some smart saves.
We had put them under the cosh a little bit but then one long ball down the field and we were caught out.
We were up and at 'em, we put them under the cosh and James Beattie got a great goal to show his strength and power.
I know it was a cruel way to concede, but overall we did not put them under the cosh enough.
Although the Saddlers matched Wolves' endeavour tackle for tackle, Colin Lee's troops put them under the cosh for long periods but failed to convert their superiority into goals.