hold a gun to someone's head

Exert pressure on someone, as in How could I refuse when she was holding a gun to my head? This hyperbolic expression dates from the first half of the 1900s. Also see at gunpoint; hold one's feet to the fire.


Nearby words

  1. holc,
  2. hold,
  3. hold 'em,
  4. hold a candle to, not,
  5. hold a grudge,
  6. hold against,
  7. hold all the aces,
  8. hold at bay,
  9. hold back,
  10. hold button

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