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crack the whip

to ​act with ​authority to make someone ​workharder: I'm going to have to crack the ​whip to get these ​kids to ​study more before ​finals.
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"crack the whip" in British English

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crack the whip

to use ​yourauthority to make someone ​elsebehavebetter or ​workharder: We were two ​months behind ​schedule, so I ​decided it was ​time to crack the ​whip.
(Definition of crack the whip from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “crack the whip”
in Chinese (Simplified) 威逼,施威(使某人表现更好或更卖力)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 威逼,施威(使某人表現更好或更賣力)…
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