Idiomatic expressions with heels


Here is a list of idiomatic expressions using the word heels.

At someone’s heels

When you are at someone’s heels, you are just behind them.

Bring / call someone to heel

To bring or call someone to heel is to make them do what you want them to do.

(Hard / hot / close) on the heels of

This expression is used to refer to something that happens immediately after something else. It can also be used to talk about someone who follows close behind.

Take to your heels

To take to your heels is to run away from someone. This expression is mainly used in a literary style.

To turn on your heel / spin on your heel

To turn on your heel is to turn quickly.

Under someone’s heel

When you are under someone’s heel, you are under their complete control.

Cool your heels

To cool your heels is to have to wait for somebody.