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bow to someone's demands
Fig. to yield to someone's demands; to agree to do something that someone has requested. In the end, they had to bow to our demands. We refused to bow to their demands that we abandon the project.
demand something from someone or somethingand demand something of someone or something
to command that something be received from someone or a group or something; to demand that someone or a group or something do something. The muggers demanded money from everyone. The petitioners demanded a response from the board of directors. She demanded too much of her automobile.
in great demand
wanted by many people. Liz is in great demand as a singer. Mary's paintings are in great demand.
make demands of someone or somethingand make demands on someone or something
to expect someone or something to do something or act in a particular way. Please don't make demands of everyone in the shop. The boss is making a lot of demands on the new machinery.
rush on somethingand run on something
a large demand for something. There was a rush on bottled water during the drought. During the hot summer, there was a run on air conditioners.
supply and demand
the availability of things or people as compared to the need to utilize the things or people; the availability of goods compared to the number of willing customers for the goods. Sometimes you can find what you want by shopping around and other times almost no store carries the items you are looking for. It depends entirely on supply and demand. (Alludes to a principle of market economics.) Sometimes customers ask for things we do not carry in stock and other times we have things in abundance that no one wants to buy. Whether or not we can make money off of a product depends entirely on supply and demand.
needed or wanted When the storm hit our area, snow shovels were so much in demand that the stores ran out of them. Engineering and science graduates are in great demand this year.
at any time that you want or need something With cable, you can order movies on demand, but naturally you have to pay for them.
Sought after, as in The general was in demand as an after-dinner speaker. [Early 1800s]
make demands on
Urgently require something of someone, as in Her mother's illness has made considerable demands on her time. [Late 1300s]
When needed or asked for, as in She's always ready to sing on demand, or Nowadays infants are generally fed on demand. This usage is a broadening of this phrase's meaning in finance, that is, "payable on being requested or presented," as in This note is payable on demand. [Late 1600s]
1. When presented for payment: a note payable on demand.
2. When needed or asked for: fed the baby on demand.