Hold your feet to the fire What does Hold your feet to the fire mean?
To hold one accountable for a commitment, make
good on a promise.
You made a fair bet with me on the Superbowl and I am going to hold your feet to the fire for payment. Pertains to torture used during the Crusade's. As a method for extracting confession for heresy, non-believers were positioned in a manner that allowed the inquisitor to apply flames to the feet of the accused. This was done until the accused confessed or died.