"If you don't do this task in 2 days, you are gonna face a lot of heat" Is this sentence correct? I have seen uses like take a lot of heat, here I am using face a lot of heat.
The context is like in a company when an employee is given a strict timeline to complete and is delaying things a lot, so it's like suggesting to him, as a friend that it won't go well down the manager.

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    "you are gonna face a lot of heat" is quite informal - I wouldn't expect it to be used in a workplace context unless maybe 2 friends are talking informally. Different industries have different norms, but you don't provide much information on where it is to be used (and it will probably vary by country - more likely in US than India).
    – Stuart F
    Mar 14, 2023 at 14:23
  • We say: You will get a lot of heat for doing x, for example, and not face a lot of heat.
    – Lambie
    Mar 14, 2023 at 14:27

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I see nothing seriously wrong with the sentence if it is reported speech. The meaning is clear to a native English speaker. If you are writing then it should be "going to" however you pronounce it.
There is a similar, less common phrase, hold someone's feet to the fire which means much the same, to pressurise them to do something.

  • Do you mean if I am writing/messaging to someone I should prefer going to instead of gonna?
    – nicku
    Mar 14, 2023 at 13:48
  • Also could the face a lot of heat be used, when the seniors may not actually directly criticize the person on the face, but they may take the current situation in a really bad way?
    – nicku
    Mar 14, 2023 at 14:03
  • @nicku Well this is the ELL site so we attempt to show you correct, well spoken English, not accents or dialect! I will admit gonna does occasionally appear in written text, in things like the song "I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter ..." but it's rare. I think "face a lot of heat" is probably only applied to criticism either face to face or via the management chain. Manager: "the boss says he is very unhappy with your work" Mar 14, 2023 at 15:33

to get or take a lot of heat for doing or not doing something

That is the usual form of the idiom.

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