Last modified on 12 December 2013, at 17:28

hold someone's feet to the fire

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the implied threat of physical harm by burning.

VerbEdit

hold someone's feet to the fire

  1. (idiomatic) To maintain personal, social, political, or legal pressure on someone in order to induce him or her to comply with one's desires; to hold someone accountable for his or her actions.