tighten the noose


: to make a situation more difficult for someone
The new tougher penalties will tighten the noose on traffic offenders.
They tightened the noose around the enemy by cutting the supply lines.

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Recent Examples on the Web But Fain is directing the strike to proceed in stages, starting today with three plants and then spreading over time to more, to tighten the noose slowly on recalcitrant management. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 15 Sep. 2023

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“Tighten the noose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tighten%20the%20noose. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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