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crack the whip

to act with authority to make someone work harder: I'm going to have to crack the whip to get these kids to study more before finals.
Translations of “crack the whip”
in Chinese (Traditional) 威逼,施威(使某人表現更好或更賣力)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 威逼,施威(使某人表现更好或更卖力)…
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