Posted by ESC on March 05, 2003
In Reply to: To Squeeze Some One's Shoes posted by Bruce Kahl on March 05, 2003
: : Hello, I was just hoping to find out the origin and meaning of the phrase "to squeeze some one's shoes". Thanks in advance for any information.
: I have heard a variation
here in the US:
: "To break his shoes"
: This means to apply pressure on someone as in:
: "I know what he told me and I want him to live up to his promise so I am gonna break his shoes till he comes clean".
I've never heard that expression in my part of the U.S. I've heard "put the squeeze" on somebody. Others: "twist his arm," "turn up the heat," "put pressure on," "put the arm on."