turn up the heat


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Verb1.turn up the heat - apply great or increased pressureturn up the heat - apply great or increased pressure; "The Democrats turned up the heat on their candidate to concede the election"
coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze - to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"; "He squeezed her for information"
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ALAN STUBBS last night vowed to turn up the heat on league leaders Rangers with a victory over Motherwell at Parkhead.
A new specialized professional staffing company has been launched in RTP, and is bound to turn up the heat on competition in what is already a furiously competitive industry.