put (one's) foot down

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put (one's) foot down

To indicate that one is unyielding or inflexible in one's position or decision. The kids complained and complained when we refused to get a puppy, but we had to put our foot down. As a manager, you have to put your foot down sometimes, or your staff will walk all over you.
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put one's foot down (about someone or something)

Fig. to assert something strongly. The boss put her foot down and refused to accept any more changes to the plan.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

put one's foot down

Take a firm stand, as in She put her foot down and said we could not go to the carnival. This idiom alludes to setting down one's foot firmly, representing a firm position. [Late 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

put your foot down

COMMON
1. If you put your foot down, you tell someone forcefully that they must do something or that they must not do something. Annabel went through a phase of saying: `I can do my homework and watch TV.' Naturally I put my foot down. He had planned to go skiing on his own, but his wife put her foot down.
2. If you put your foot down when you are driving, you start to drive faster. Finding a clear stretch of the motorway, he put his foot down.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

put your foot down

1 adopt a firm policy when faced with opposition or disobedience. 2 make a motor vehicle go faster by pressing the accelerator pedal with your foot. British informal
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put your ˈfoot down

(informal)
1 drive faster in a car: If you put your foot down, we might be home by seven o’clock.
2 use your authority to stop somebody doing something: When she asked if she could stay out until midnight, I put my foot down and insisted that she come home by eleven at the latest.
See also: down, foot, put
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

put (one's) foot down

To take a firm stand.
See also: down, foot, put
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

put one's foot down, to

To take a firm position. The analogy presumably is to setting one or both feet in a fixed position, representing a firm stand. Although versions of this term (usually with set one’s foot down) exist from the sixteenth century on, it became current only in the nineteenth century. The OED cites James Payn’s The Luck of the Darrells (1886): “She put her foot down . . . upon the least symptoms of an unpleasantry.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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