to turn on the heat

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - turn on the heat

"to turn on the heat"

to apply or increase the intensity of activity, coercion or pressure on someone to do something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - turn on the heat

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Looks like Ken is really turning on the heat on the promotion competition. He has already completed four of the six challenges.

Colleague 2: I know. I can feel the pressure. I have only got two done. I need to work harder, I guess, or my chances of promotion will disappear very quickly.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - turn on the heat

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Have you had any success with pressuring city council to install traffic lights on that busy street corner near the school?

Friend 2: None. Council is simply ignoring our requests.

Friend 1: Perhaps it is time to turn on the heat a little.

Friend 2: Do you mean like organizing a demonstration in front of city hall?

Friend 1: Exactly. Invite the news media and really put the pressure on.

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to turn on the heat - Usage:


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to turn on the heat - Gerund Form:

Turning on the heat on suspected drug dealers, the police added extra personnel to the narcotics squad.

to turn on the heat - Examples:

1)  The cousin of awareness is urgency which can turn on the heat and create the motivation to grow forward in the direction of the changes you need.

2)  However, the league's most potent offense decided to turn on the heat and claw their way back into and it all started with the goal of the ...

3)  The Gunners tried to turn on the heat on him at the end of August with a clear warning they would sell if ...

4)  Always show respect. Nothing can turn on the heat faster than a stream of contemptuous, angry words.

5)  It's just not convenient to apply pressure and turn on the heat on our business and political leaders to confront the issue.

6)  They're organizing inspiring actions all over the world to turn on the heat on the fossil fuel industry and its bought-and-paid-for political cronies.

7)  ... their criticisms -- we would love to address them, and to turn on the heat on their claims in a cauldron of scrutiny.

8)  ... to feel sexy and desirable, sometimes for themselves and sometimes to turn on the heat a little for their partners! 

9)  She will use the initial parliamentary week to turn on the heat on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on issues ranging from boats to electricity prices.

10)  US officials said that America's Western allies were trying to turn on the heat on aides close to Qaddafi to force him from power.

11)  Apple has gone for the jugular and is very definitely turning on the heat -- a move that indicates grey clouds for some manufactures.

12)  The US is turning on the heat on the countries of the Balkans and Eastern Europe to secure war crimes immunity deals.

13)  Turning down the lights tends to be associated with turning on the heat. Darkness conveys mystery, but also the promise of intimacy and connection.

14)  By turning on the heat in demanding a more expansionary Bank of Japan, Japan opposition leader Shinzo Abe triggered ...

15)  The ICO is turning on the heat against data breaches. With more warnings and fines issued for data security lapses than ...

16)... next to him but couldn't keep the pace when they turned on the heat on the final leg.

17)  It's time they turned on the heat and widened the debate to look again at reform, including proposals ...

18)  ... have re-launched their own-brand products. Aldi, in particular, has turned on the heat by selling 24 Jaffa Cakes for 89p, compared with a recommended retail price of 119p.

19)  As the end approached your man turned on the heat, he'd phone him on his nights off and shout abuse and accusations.

20)  The developments have turned on the heat on Britain's media industry amid concerns a police investigation won't stop with the ...