Definition of make it (or things) hot for someone in US English:

make it (or things) hot for someone

phrase

informal
  • Make things unpleasant for someone; persecute.

    • ‘But we can hardly turn up the heat in meteorological terms on Wednesday but I hope we'll make it hot for them in every other way.’
    • ‘When it is time to step in between those four lines of the Staples Center, we'll bring the heat-we'll make it hot for everybody.’
    • ‘Let me tell you something, sugar - you are wrong, dead wrong, and I suggest you leave before I get on the phone and start making things hot for you down at the Bureau.’
    • ‘He said softly, with his teeth firmly set, ‘I'll make it hot for her if she causes me trouble.’’
    • ‘But the likes of Ebner can still make things hot for the Wallenbergs.’
    • ‘What excited my boys so highly was to see the enemy, as they supposed, come upon them so suddenly from an unexpected quarter, but by George, they were ready to make it hot for us.’
    • ‘His latest outing was at Limerick just over two weeks ago when he made it hot for well-backed favourite Rob The Five.’
    • ‘You may find this hard to believe but the blind man said he did not like my face; the deaf and dumb one did not like my manner of speech; and the crippled one landed me a lusty kick and told me to clear off or they would make it hot for me.’
    • ‘Tyrone are now in the All-Ireland semi-finals and you can be absolutely certain they will make it really hot for Kerry.’
    • ‘CW Superstar, utterly convinced of himself, would make it hot for me and he tried to defeat me time after time from 20 metres distance.’
    • ‘When the Nazis made it hot for him after he had reported their Reichstag arson plot as just that, he moved on to London.’
    • ‘‘He's the one who made things hot for me during that whole business with Cynthia,’ he added.’
    • ‘But making it hot for spammers in Asia will certainly help.’
    • ‘And then he fled, and went to Pennsylvania, because the Essex Junto crowd in Boston made things hot for him, in Boston.’
    • ‘Whenever any of the latter went away for a time, the jackdaws took possession of their nests, and what with eating their eggs and ‘making things hot for them’ the rooks disappeared.’
    • ‘It was more like a sheet of thunder, a wicked roar with no separation between the bolts, and all the time the Johnnies made it hot for us in flank and rear as well as in front.’
    • ‘We'll make it hot for you when we reach the hills.’
    • ‘The ground will be a crucial factor in determining Grimes chance, while there are plenty of rivals in there to make it hot for him.’
    harass, hound, plague, badger, harry, pester, bother, bully, intimidate, pick on, persecute, victimize, terrorize
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