To try to seduce someone:put the moves on her lab partner
- Put the pedal to the metal
modifier Regulating or deregulating highway speeds: President Clinton will sign what friends and foes alike call ”the pedal to the metal bill” verb phrase To accelerate; go fast; give it the gun: Bolan settled back on creaky springs, and put the pedal to the metal (1980s+)
- Put the screws to someone
verb phrase To use extreme coercive pressure; harass; PUT THE HEAT ON someone: The only reason Fidel agreed was to put the screws to Reagan [1940s+; fr a torturer’s use of thumbscrews; put the screws on is found by 1834]
- Put the skids on
Bring to a halt, as in The school committee put the skids on the idea of a dress code. The word skid here probably refers to a shoe or drag that applies pressure to the wheel of a vehicle to prevent it from moving.
- Put the slug on someone