Definition of put one's foot down in English:

put one's foot down

phrase

informal
  • 1Adopt a firm policy when faced with opposition or disobedience.

    • ‘Naturally Lou doesn't want to spend the extra cash on staff, but this time Harold is being the top and putting his foot down about it.’
    • ‘And Mesereau puts his foot down and says you've got to step out of the way.’
    • ‘Then I thought it's because she's really nice, but then she puts her foot down.’
    • ‘And the parents had put their foot down and denied permission.’
    • ‘I have thought of putting my foot down but I have a sneaking suspicion some of the unruly behaviour is vaguely familiar.’
    • ‘If girls themselves put their foot down, maybe some change would come.’
    • ‘‘The key to faking it,’ Johanna, 12, says, is putting your foot down: ‘Refuse to be lured into nervousness!’’
    • ‘And it gets to the point where you have to put your foot down and just say I'm sorry, but this interview is over.’
    • ‘Many employers are putting their foot down when it comes to hiring veiled women.’
    • ‘He will probably continue to do so until management puts their foot down.’
  • 2British Accelerate a motor vehicle by pressing the accelerator pedal.

    • ‘When the door had closed and they were all seated Jo put her foot down on the accelerator.’
    • ‘In the traditional automatic, you put your foot down and then wait while the gearbox does its best to catch up with your instructions.’
    • ‘I put my foot down on the accelerator and sped away from the city.’
    • ‘Greg hadn't gotten his seat belt on, when Maxine put her foot down on the accelerator, and peeled out, after Jenny.’
    • ‘I turned to Laura and nodded before she put her foot down on the accelerator and sped off in the direction of her and Paul's houses.’
    • ‘I stared at the crashed car in the rear view mirror until it was out of sight, then I put my foot down on the accelerator.’
    • ‘He put his foot down on the accelerator, slamming into the back of the white car.’
    • ‘A muscle started to twitch in his cheek as he put his foot down and accelerated through the deserted streets.’
    • ‘‘I'm not having this,’ muttered Sarah and put her foot down on the accelerator.’
    • ‘Due to my refusal he put his foot down on the accelerator.’
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