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at (someone's) behest

Done according to the whims or commands of someone else. Everything is done at our children's behest; it's like they're the bosses of the family! I'm presenting you this subpoena at the behest of the civil court.
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They were arrested July 27 over accusations of undertaking "terrorist activity at the behest of Hezbollah," the agency said, according to Israeli media reports.
AFP _ The majority of weapons secretly shipped to Syria at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar go tohard-lineIslamic rebel groups rather than more secular organizations favoured by the West, The New York Times reported Monday.
Instead of challenges being brought by coaches, as in the NFL, plays are reviewed at the behest of officials in the replay booth above the press box.
According to the NAIC, the initiative comes partly at the behest of the FBI, which has indicated to state insurance regulators on "many occasions" that one central entity for white-collar criminal background checks would be preferable to multiple entities.
An absorbing masterpiece that meticulously and faithfully renders the day-by-day interplay of court life during the reign of Charles II of England, especially focusing upon those women notable enough to be immortalized in a portrait project at the behest of the Duchess of York, The Windsor Beauties is sparsely illustrated with black-and-white copies of the famous portraits.
1 "DESTRICTED" For this series of short films, Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, Marco Brambilla, Larry Clark, Mike Figgis, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Gaspar Noe have--or soon will have--created (at the behest of Neville Wakefield, Mel Agace, and Andrew Hale) some of the sexiest moments in recent cinema, Strictly for adults.
Rather than assuming that decades of bigotry and malign discrimination--much of it at the behest of governments, a point Anderson barely mentions--should be redressed by decades of pretense and benign discrimination, again at the behest of governments, Washington should have focused its attention on rooting out racist policies in federal employment, education, and contracting, while ensuring under the 14th Amendment that state and local governments did the same.
In early June at the behest of a local Religious Right activist, the Tulsa Park and Recreation Board voted to allow an exhibit at the Tulsa Zoo depicting the biblical account of God's creation of the world, as described in the Book of Genesis.
The introduction of waiver projects during the late 1980s at the behest of the National Governor's Association effectively bypassed Congress creating an administrative mechanism for testing conditionality ideas such as regular school attendance for welfare children, job training and time limits.
to have its membership and atmosphere adjusted essentially at the behest of the primates' meeting would severely damage the balance of dispersed authority within Anglicanism, wrote delegates Dean Michael Burrows of Cork and layperson Kate Turner.
One of the first American housing developments to mix residential, commercial and social uses, The Garden Apartments was built in 1929 by Julian Rosenwald, the chairman of Sears, and his nephew, architect Ernest Grunsfeld (who also designed the Adler Planetarium, at the behest of Rosenwald's brother-in-law, Max Adler).
Philip Berk, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, told Reuters that the move was made at NBC's behest.
This astonishing series, one of the best pieces of reporting published anywhere this year, makes a convincing case that the FDA, by deregulating a pair of chemicals at the behest of the pharmaceutical lobby, has contributed to the crystal meth epidemic now plaguing rural communities around America.
An independent body was commissioned early this year, at the behest of the GAA and the residents, to monitor the 2004 season and make a number of reccommendations.
At the behest of the DSCC, the American Metalcasting Consortium (AMC), Charleston, S.