take the heat

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take the heat

Endure severe censure or criticism, as in He was known for being able to take the heat during a crisis. This idiom uses heat in the sense of "intense pressure," as in if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. [First half of 1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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