put one's foot down
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British pronunciation/pˌʊt wˈɒnz fˈʊt dˈaʊn/
American pronunciation/pˌʊt wˈʌnz fˈʊt dˈaʊn/
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to firmly take control and enforce a specific action

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to [put] {one's} foot down definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "put one's foot down" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "put one's foot down" can be traced back to the literal act of forcefully pressing one's foot down on the ground or on a pedal, signifying a firm and assertive action. The idiom draws from the physical action of stomping or firmly planting one's foot, which historically has been associated with displaying authority, determination, or disapproval. It is commonly used in personal relationships, particularly when setting limits or expressing one's strong disagreement with a course of action.

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Jut as the saying goes, parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes.
The manager put his foot down and implemented stricter policies to address the persistent issue of tardiness among employees.
After years of accommodating unreasonable demands, she finally put her foot down and refused to be taken advantage of any longer.
The parent put their foot down and established clear rules regarding screen time to promote a healthier balance for their children.
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