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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It's that experience and know-how the Dark Blues vice-captain intends to bring to a side which he insists needs to show composure when they're put under the cosh.
Durham were soon put under the cosh by Brooks who picked up his 50th Championship wicket of the season when Mark Stoneman chipped a simple catch to mid-off then in his next over Keaton Jennings was caught behind.
They were soon put under the cosh by Brooks, who picked up his 50th Championship wicket of the season when Mark Stoneman chipped a simple catch to mid-off.
Wales have got the ability but, at the moment, I feel they don't produce it unless they have been put under the cosh and have no alternative other than chance their arm.
And while they were put under the cosh by Bolton in the opening stages, when busy Liam Feeney thumped a shot against a post, they stood firm, stuck to their system and turned things around, to the delight of their 2,221 travelling fans in a 15,969 crowd.
Bermingham said: "The first-half was decent but in the second-half we were put under the cosh and we need to be better - we need to be better organised, we were a bit ragged.
Having survived a tricky third-round tie against MK Dons, Wigan were put under the cosh early on by one of the top-flight's in-form sides.
If the home fans were worried about being put under the cosh from a confident Liverpool side, with Chelsea, like they did against Arsenal, happy to stay compact and hit on the counter, they were in for a pleasant surprise.
Top of North Wales Divison Two, Dolgellau went into the game against the side starting the day at the summit of Division Three as favourites, but were put under the cosh for long periods.
Even more encouraging for Pardew was the improvement in his back four, who were so pathetic when put under the cosh at Broadhall Way.
This week in the House of Common the coalition Government and particularly the Tory element will be put under the cosh by its own back benchers as it attempts a somewhat feeble attempt at preserving national sovereignty over the EU.
TABLE topping Evesham United boss Paul West praised his troops this week after being put under the cosh by Stourbridge.