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coerce (one) into (something)

To force, compel, or threaten a person or animal to take a certain action. The maid coerced her famous employer into paying her an exorbitant sum of money. It took a lot of treats to coerce the cat into her carrier for a trip to the vet.
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coerce (someone or an animal) into something

to force or compel someone or an animal to do something. I could not coerce her into coming along with us. You cannot coerce a cat into anything.
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They might have said to a young person, I'm such and such in whatever paramilitary group - whether they are or not might be irrelevant if that is sufficient to make that young person scared and coerce them.
Consequently, they hatched a plan to improperly increase "bogus regulatory pressure" on Alabama One to coerce high-dollar settlements.
Assuming that A most prefers trading peacefully but would rather not risk economic losses if there will be conflict or, worse, war where trade will likely be interrupted, then A will opt to restrict trade if it believes that B is going to coerce.
In fact, the ongoing rejection of the gospel by rabbinical Judaism is arguably a gift to be received by Christians as a condition of possibility for the gospel's existence in the light of centuries of violent efforts to coerce, bludgeon, and manipulate the world's peoples into accepting what passed for the gospel.
This was especially true if a state was attempting to coerce or compel another state to undo something significant that it had already initiated.
3 on 29 charges alleging he used his position to coerce women into performing sexual acts, according to court records.
SIR - I was saddened to read in The Western Mail (February 4) that the Haverfordwest male voice choir has attempted to coerce its members into singing God Save the Queen.
The strike already has sparked two complaints of unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations Board, with one union alleging that Finch Pruyn failed to bargain in good faith and tried to intimidate or coerce union employees.
This calculation in turn leads us to contract with others to set up an absolute sovereign - a sovereign who has the power to coerce us to obey.
The rationale of Bumpers' proposal is that, whereas most independent contractors would have all of these characteristics, most "employees" could rarely claim more than a couple, making it more difficult for unscrupulous employers to coerce them.
Faced with the 'great immovable' that is the modern-day workforce, managers can too easily fall into the motivational trap of trying to buy, coerce or cajole their employees' motivation.
It is unlawful for an employer to prevent a certified union from meaningfully representing employees and to coerce its employees into signing a decertification petition.
It's compassionate to coerce individuals with eating disorders into treatment aimed at altering their potentially fatal pursuit of weight loss and thinness, comments psychiatrist Arnold E.
He later told a Senate panel that he saw the tribunal's actions as "a clear attempt to coerce Mr.