put (someone) under the pump

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put (someone) under the pump

To put (someone) under pressure to perform, succeed, or achieve results. Primarily heard in UK. The fast-food giant has been put under the pump in the last few years by dropping sales and sliding market value. The cricket community has really put the ageing batsman under the pump to deliver results this season, or else consider retirement.
See also: pump, put
References in classic literature ?
Having had his face put under the pump, and dried upon Mrs.
Abu Dhabi: Nigerian striker Emanuel Emenike, who was officially unveiled by Al Ain late on Friday, was straight away put under the pump by the local media.
The two guys were in and suddenly he was put under the pump a bit.
They got beaten in their last game and got put under the pump against Lancashire here, so they're not really in the highest spirits at the minute," said Plunkett.
We hadn't been put under the pump thus far- and we didn't respond that well this time," he said of the defeat against Sri Lanka.