to come to heel

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - come to heel

"to come to heel"

to stop behaving in a way that annoys someone in authority and to start obeying their orders


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - come to heel

Two city counselors are talking ...

Counselor 1:  We really need this re-zoning vote to go through. It is vital for the revitalization of downtown business.

Counselor 2:  But Counselor James is directly opposed and will vote against the motion.

Counselor 1:  Then we need to find a way to make Counselor James come to heel.

Counselor 2:  But what authority to we have over a fellow counselor?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - come to heel

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  What do you think will happen with the threat of nuclear bombs in Iran?

Friend 2:  I think the United States will make Iran come to heel.

Friend 1:  I suppose the US does have the power and authority to make Iran obey.

to come to heel - Usage:


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to come to heel - Gerund Form:

Coming to heel, the rebellious teenager started to follow her parents rules.

to come to heel - Examples:

1)  Don't think that UKIP supporters are dogs who will come to heel as soon as the master decides he needs us.

2)  I think Boehner will come to heel or he'll be ousted too.

3)  When that failed, the agency got a further court order, this time compelling Apple to come to heel.

4)  It reminded me of the times that Frank's tried to play the authority card against Claire, ordering her to come to heel because he's the president.

5)  ... “all we needed to do was win and they would all come to heel

6)  Thus, Guidry's resolution says that if he doesn't come to heel, the council may “exercise its oversight role in ensuring the appropriate use of ...

7)  ... of being ashamed by themselves, so I just want them to know that I join Owen Jones' generation in their demands that they come to heel.

8)  ... the argument runs; only when they fail on their own, with no one to blame but themselves, will they come to their senses – and come to heel.

9)  ... the many qualities Dutch society and its people have, when the US master shouts, the Dutch elites will give a loyal "woof" and come to heel.

10)  ... just six weeks to negotiate change, threatening to impose a new contract on both consultants and junior doctors if they didn't come to heel.

11)  Idiots who will, at the election, come to heel and vote for stability over the certain chaos that would ensue if anyone is allowed to run the country ...

12)  They will pull on the leash, some of them will bark a little, and then they will come to heel, like the good doggies that they are.

13)  ... public will never accept the rejection of the Leveson Inquiry, and calls instead for politicians 'to come to heel' and reject the Leveson Report, ...

14)  In fact this boom has come to heel with house prices more affordable than at end of booms in the past.

15)  Even if such tactics made Athens come to heel in the short run, the government would have no ownership of the programme meaning there ...

16)  It uses political pressure to make them come to heel.

17)  All Washington had to do was snap its fingers and Israel would come to heel, do whatever we commanded it to do.

18)  It's more of a warning shot across the bows, to get them to come to heel and agree at the negotiating table.

19)  But a handful of cities and states, like Cambridge, Mass and Columbus, Ohio and Nevada have gotten Uber to come to heel through legal ...

20)  ... knew bishops and pastors and congregations would readily come to heel (and those who didn't weren't strong enough or numerous enough ...