the heat is on


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the heat is on

The pressure in a situation is high; the urgency to do something has reached a very high or maximum level. We've only got two more weeks until the deadline, and we're down three staff members, so the heat is on to get this project finished. The heat is on for the agency now that the scandal has made headlines.
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the heat is on

If the heat is on, there is a lot of pressure to do or achieve something. What makes an Olympic champion is the ability to perform when the heat is on. When the heat was on, we kept going just that little bit better than our rivals.
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