by the heels
phrasal in a tight grip

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • by the heels — phrasal : in a tight grip : tightly constricted : securely confined the war, in which I d hoped not to be caught, had me by the heels Kenneth Roberts …   Useful english dictionary

  • To lay by the heels — Heel Heel, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. {Hough}); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw. h[ a]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. {Inculcate}.] 1. The hinder part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lay by the heels — phrasal 1. : to seize and imprison : capture 2. : to cause the downfall of : bring down : overtake Romanticism … proceeded to hold the field till it was laid by the heels by naturalism Edmund Wilson * * * lay by the heels …   Useful english dictionary

  • To lay by the heels — Lay Lay (l[=a]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Laid} (l[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Laying}.] [OE. leggen, AS. lecgan, causative, fr. licgan to lie; akin to D. leggen, G. legen, Icel. leggja, Goth. lagjan. See {Lie} to be prostrate.] 1. To cause to lie down,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clap by the heels — same as ↑lay by the heels (see below). • • • Main Entry: ↑heel …   Useful english dictionary

  • set by the heels — same as ↑lay by the heels (see above). • • • Main Entry: ↑heel …   Useful english dictionary

  • lie by the heels — (archaic) To be in prison • • • Main Entry: ↑lie …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay by the heels — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. thrash, overcome, overpower; see beat 2 , defeat 1 , 2 , 3 , win 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • turning out by the heels — A jocular term for physical ouster from possession of real estate. 3 Am J2d Adv P § 174 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • To be at the heels of — Heel Heel, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. {Hough}); but cf. D. hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw. h[ a]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. {Inculcate}.] 1. The hinder part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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