"to light a fire under"
to forcible encourage and/or incite someone or something to do something
Related words and phrases:
Two colleagues are talking ...
Colleague 1: Why isn't that report ready yet?
Colleague 2: I'm still waiting for Jean's input.
Colleague 1: She was supposed to have submitted her part yesterday.
Colleague 2: Guess someone had better light a fire under Jean, then.
Colleague 1: She does need a push to work a little faster.
Two parents are talking ...
Father: Has Aaron cleaned his room yet?
Mother: No, not yet.
Father: Then I suppose I will light a fire under him.
Mother: What will you do?
Father: I will take away his keys to the car until he cleans his room.
Lighting a fire under your employees will get them working faster.
1) When it comes to other big weekends, footy finals seem to light a fire under property sellers every year.
2) ... on a farewell visit to Germany as president, is trying to light a fire under stalled talks about a trans-Atlantic trade deal, ...
3) This is more of a desperate plea from a bench boss to light a fire under his team in an attempt to save his job.
4) That might be seen as a ploy to light a fire under Castillo, who is seen to have underperformed.
5) The threat of cuts could also light a fire under current workers to do more to save and invest on their own, ...
6) He said negative gearing was introduced following the Great Depression to light a fire under the market.
7) ... was that the non-existent results tended to light a fire under lazy candidates or inactive directors of elections.
8) ... PCs in decline, manufacturers have thrown cash at wearables, hoping to light a fire under the new product category.
9) High-profile cases and accompanying media attention have helped light a fire under policy-makers and regulators, ...
10) In a bid to light a fire under city bureaucrats and council, Bostik last week launched an online petition to have ...
11) ... pressure is a backlash from the middle class, while corruption scandals have lit a fire under governments, ...
12) Once you called them, it lit a fire under them. They really started looking for my package.
13) And that creates a strange gray area that has lit a fire under entrepreneurs like Umeh, who sees dollar signs in the loophole.
14) Terrorist activity has highlighted and actually kind of lit a fire under Belgian officials to strengthen security at their nuclear facilities.
15) ... to compete for reasons that were beyond my control. But that only lit a fire under me to re-qualify for the next season.
16) ... really encouraged me to kind of go after this thing and kind of lit a fire under me.
17) ... the scandal seems to have lit a fire under Brady, leading to some unbridled emotions ...
18) But it surely lit a fire under him to get to work on it.
19) The ejection seemed to have lit a fire under the squad from Morayta, however.
20) The spectre of Target's arrival lit a fire under their metaphoric behinds that sparked a flurry of counter-moves in the industry.