turn up the heat


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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 after the intermission. The score went from 0-3 to 5-3!
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turn up the heat (on someone or something)

Fig. to put pressure on someone or something; apply additional pressure to someone or something. The FBI turned the heat up on the gang. The police turned up the heat on the people who park illegally every day.
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turn up the heat

intensify pressure or criticism. informal
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