Democrats Urge Sanctions
On Iran's Central Bank
On the heels of new United Nations sanctions against Iran, more than half the Democrats in the Senate are planning to ask the Bush administration to unilaterally impose sanctions on the country's central bank.
sanction (ORDER) Hide phonetics
1 [C usually plural] an official order, such as the stopping of trade, which is taken against a country in order to make it obey international law:
Many nations have imposed sanctions on the country because of its attacks on its own people.
Trade/economic sanctions will only be lifted (= stopped) when the aggressor nation withdraws its troops.
2 [C] a strong action taken in order to make people obey a law or rule, or a punishment given when they disobey:
Without realistic sanctions, some teachers have difficulty keeping order in the classroom.
hard/hot on sb's heels
following someone very closely:
She ran down the steps with a group of journalists hard on her heels.
come/follow hard/hot on the heels of sth
to happen very soon after something:
For Walter, disaster followed hard on the heels of his initial success.