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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.
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demand something from someone or something

 and 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.
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in great demand

wanted by many people. Liz is in great demand as a singer. Mary's paintings are in great demand.
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make demands of someone or something

 and 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.
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rush on something

 and 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.
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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.
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in 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.
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on demand

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.
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in demand

Sought after, as in The general was in demand as an after-dinner speaker. [Early 1800s]
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make demands on

Urgently require something of someone, as in Her mother's illness has made considerable demands on her time. [Late 1300s]
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on demand

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]
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on demand

1. When presented for payment: a note payable on demand.
2. When needed or asked for: fed the baby on demand.
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References in classic literature ?
To him crawled Mulcahy, ashen-gray, demanding absolution.
Rich, respected, fairly well educated and of sound health--with many other advantages usually valued by those having them and coveted by those who have them not--I sometimes think that I should be less unhappy if they had been denied me, for then the contrast between my outer and my inner life would not be continually demanding a painful attention.
There is only so much water, so much earth, so much air; but the life that is demanding to be born is limitless.
While we evolve to meet the needs of our customers, we accept these awards as a true testament to our flexibility and responsiveness in today's competitive and demanding global environment.
Customers are demanding more, and this new transformed supply chain helps a company respond to more consumer demands.
The entrepreneurial classes are demanding new, cost-cutting, efficiency-enhancing technologies as soon as these are shown to be posible and before benchmarks for their potential supply can be established.