turn up the heat on someone

turn up the heat on someone

COMMON If you turn up the heat on a person or situation, you make a situation more serious or difficult by putting pressure on people. The firm will be turning up the heat on its rivals. Note: You can also just say that someone turns up the heat. The tax office has turned up the heat in the illegal payments controversy. Note: People sometimes say that one person turns the heat on another. Jansen turned the heat on Celtic last night by promising to return to the club — if they get rid of the present manager first.
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