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inflict someone (up)on someone

to burden someone with the care or keeping of someone else. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Please don't inflict Bob upon me. My brother inflicted his children on us for the weekend. Well, I certainly don't want to inflict myself on you for the weekend, but I do need a place to stay.
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inflict something (up)on someone or something

to impose something, such as pain, a burden, a problem, etc., on someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I hate to inflict an additional burden upon you, but someone has to clean the oven. Please don't inflict that on me.
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inflict on

or inflict upon
v.
To deal or mete out something that punishes or is burdensome; impose something: The insurgents inflicted heavy losses on the troops. The hurricane inflicted great damage upon the coastal communities.
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References in classic literature ?
Thus he learned how to inflict quick and severe damage.
At the impending moment of the frightful shock which she was innocently about to inflict on him, she stopped--doubtful whether it would be best to relate how the discovery had been made, or to pass at once to the result.
The shy man does have some slight revenge upon society for the torture it inflicts upon him.
It absolutely makes my blood boil when I read about so-called animal lovers who leave their animals to starve to death and also inflict other kinds of cruelty on them only to be given an order banning them from keeping pets for a number of years.
BULLIES inflict pain, fear and humiliation on their victims, as did the eight-year-old who mugged a grandmother.
A well-armed state like Israel can and does inflict far more violence on the Palestinians t han the Palestinians have been able to inflict on Israelis.
The purpose of prosecutions is to calibrate accountability and inflict punishment, not to promote forgiveness.
Any delay in this process will inflict suffering and misery on our domesticated animals and animal cruelty cannot be measured in monetary terms.
NATURE has already shown us who is the boss And at times has inflicted great human loss When we try to change the course of nature We can inflict on ourselves great danger Nature creates and can just as easily destroy The great force of nature no man could deploy The earth has witnessed nature's unstoppable force We should refrain from altering or changing its course Diverting rivers to build great dams Could damage the infrastructure of other lands With global warming and ice caps melting Soon our earth could be sweltering Mankind is polluting our lands and seas With conglomerates doing just as they please.
The show looks at how weapons and body armour were developed and why some instruments of war were created to inflict the most untreatable and horrific wounds possible.
If they can inflict such evil cruelty on a defenceless bird, what are they going to be doing in a few years time?
The militants planted two bombs in the area to inflict heavy casualties on people, but fortunately the first bomb exploded without causing casualties, while a second was discovered before it could be detonated, said the provincial police chief, Sardar Mohammad Sultani.
The public perception of the whip outside racing is of an instrument to inflict pain.
Vasey, 28, of Blackhill Avenue, Wallsend, is alleged to have attempted to inflict grievous bodily harm on the child and is also accused of two cruelty charges.
She said any women could be at risk to be inflicted with the disease that does not necessarily inflict women with family history of cancer.