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insist (up)on something

to demand something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I want you here now! We all insist upon it! I insist on it too.
See also: on

insist on

v.
1. To demand something firmly and persistently: I insist on peace and quiet when I'm trying to work!
2. To continue with some behavior or course of action in spite of the disapproval of others: He insists on tapping his fingers on the desk, even though I've told him to stop.
See also: on
References in classic literature ?
Well," said Albert in a determined tone, "you see that your paper his insulted a member of my family, and I insist on a retractation being made.
You insist on my contradicting the article relating to General Fernand, an article with which, I assure you on my word of honor, I had nothing whatever to do?
Yes, I insist on it," said Albert, whose mind was beginning to get bewildered with the excitement of his feelings.
Do you insist on this retractation so far as to kill me if I do not make it, although I have repeated more than once, and affirmed on my honor, that I was ignorant of the thing with which you charge me, and although I still declare that it is impossible for any one but you to recognize the Count of Morcerf under the name of Fernand?
An OEM may insist that a particular computer-services company be used, such as Covisint.
Through the `Insist On Heinz' campaign, we want to let consumers know it's OK to tell restaurants how they really feel and insist on America's Favorite Ketchup(TM) -- Heinz.
The purported objective of the "man tax," explained Reuters, is "to cover the social cost of violence against women"--which advocates of the levy insist is the collective responsibility of men, rather than the particular responsibility of individual offenders.
Historians, however, have no record of any such quotation and insist that it is almost certainly bogus.
If only for these reasons, Americans must insist that the Senate put aside political pettiness and confirm Mr.
They insist that pre-emptive warfare must be paired with pre-emptive international welfare, in the form of expanded foreign aid and "dropping barriers to imports from the poorest countries.
Department of Water and Power insist the water will be 100 percent safe to drink after it's gone from your toilet through a five-year treatment process and back into your tap.
Sloan said the commission would insist that the needs of the other tenants be assured.
In her book ``The Future and its Enemies'' (Free Press), she looks at social and economic problems from the standpoint of the ``Stasists'' - those who insist upon confining enterprise to the established rules and who resist thinking ``out of the box.
Edgar Hoover, after my grandfather died, tried to insist that she have some protection and she refused, flat refused him.