[+person] talon m
→ He had a pain in his heel.
to be at sb's heels
[animal, person] être sur les talons de qn
to be hot on sb's heels marcher sur les talons de qn
to follow hard on the heels of sth
[event] arriver juste après qch
to bring to heel [+dog] faire venir à ses pieds
[+person, group] rappeler à l'ordre
→ It's still not clear how the president will use his power to bring the republics to heel.
→ the policy of bringing dissidents to heel by economic sanctions
to turn on one's heel
(=turn round) tourner les talons
→ He simply turned on his heel and walked away.
to take to one's heels
(=run away) prendre ses jambes à son cou
→ He stood, for a moment, staring defiantly back at her, then took to his heels.
to dig one's heels in
(=be stubborn) se braquer
→ the coroner dug his heels in. The body must remain accessible
to cool one's heels *
→ Ferris cooled his heels in Portlaoise prison
to kick one's heels (British)
(=wait around) faire le pied de grue
→ I had to kick my heels at Tunis airport.