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Put one’s foot down

DEFINITION

End an activity by others. Demand no more of a current status quo. Lose patience and finally react against troublesome behavior. Putting a foot ‘down’ implies that something hs been ongoing but now you want it to stop and you are placing your foot in the path to create resistance. (Compare to Cross the line.)

 “After three hours of running around the house, I finally put my foot down and told the kids to go outside and play.”

 

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