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an offer one can't refuse

An offer in which the repercussions for refusing would be so great that to do so would be either be dangerous or ill-advised. It often implies the "offer" is a threat, but this is not always the case. The phrase was coined by Mario Puzo in his 1969 novel The Godfather, and popularized by the 1972 Francis Ford Coppola film adaptation of the same name. If he's not willing to agree to the contract, I might have to bring a few men over and make him an offer he can't refuse. The buyout deal was worth $9 billion to the company, so, really, it was an offer we couldn't refuse.
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*offer one cannot refuse

Cliché a very attractive offer. (*Typically: give one ~; make ~; make one ~.) He made me an offer I could not refuse, so I sold him my car.
See also: cannot, offer, one, refuse

refuse something to someone

to deny someone permission to receive or use something. You wouldn't refuse water to me, would you? Nothing at all was refused to the new employee.
See also: refuse

refuse to do something

to reject doing something; to reject a request to do something. I absolutely refuse to go there! We all refused to break the law.
See also: refuse

will not hear of something

 and won't hear of something
will refuse to tolerate or permit something. You mustn't drive home alone. I will not hear of it. My parents won't hear of my staying out that late.
See also: hear, not, of, will
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A third wrote an email apologising to someone for something they had done wrong in real life, another third wrote an email refusing to apologise and the final group had to think about something they had done wrong but did not write anything.
Around the country, there are more and more cases of pharmacists refusing to dispense the drug, according to NARAL.
The ACLJ is also representing an Illinois emergency medical technician who was fired for refusing to drive a woman to an abortion clinic.
Other breaches of FOIA include refusing trade reporters entrance to press conferences and denying the waiver of fees in those cases when the requester meets the public interest test or falls within certain other categories covered by FOIA.
Founders go on harking back to days gone by, clinging anachronistically to the "original concept" and refusing to see that progress requires change.
Some wonder if refusing to care for a person in need of medical attention is analogous to abandonment.
On 7 October 1997, she was found guilty by an Ontario Human Rights Board of Inquiry of having violated section 1 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, by refusing on religious grounds to issue a Gay Pride proclamation on request by the Homophile Association of London, Ontario.
Under the new rules, assertion of privilege would become the only justification for refusing to provide the actual records or their location.
The majority paid lip service to this concern by observing that a facility may preserve its right to appeal simply by refusing to submit a POC upon being found out of compliance.
Being a conscientious objector is not about refusing to pay taxes," says Packard.
The second reason that Judge Acosta found no brokerage commission to be due was that he found credible the testimony of the seller that his motivation for refusing to go ahead with the sale to Quintanilla was not fear from neighbors, but fear that the prospective purchaser would not have the financial resources to close.
The court agreed with the NLRB's determination that the hotel had violated the National Labor Relations Act by, among other things, refusing to bargain with the unions concerning legitimate subjects of bargaining; refusing to provide information relevant to collective bargaining; refusing to bargain in good faith; refusing to hire job applicants because of suspected union sympathies; engaging in coercive surveillance of employees' union activities; harassing employees for engaging in union activities; and withdrawing recognition from the unions.
Refusing participation in community, Sula finds no "other," against whom she can define herself.
Many judges appear to share the opinion of Massachusetts Judge Tempone, who said, in refusing a woman's plea to deny her batterer visitation rights, "Even Dillinger could have made a good father.
SSSU Confirms TD Ameritrade Refusing all Buy Orders of its Stock in the Open Market