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be dragged kicking and screaming

To be forced (to go somewhere or do something) with extreme reluctance, especially despite lengthy or vehement protests. I really thought Mike would be perfect for the job, but he had to be dragged kicking and screaming into an interview for it. When we were kids, we were dragged to our grandparents' boring old house kicking and screaming every summer for two weeks.
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It sounds a little like when the White House and RNC were dragged kicking and screaming into an investigation of 9-11.
Most seemed resigned, offering no resistance, while six or eight were dragged kicking and screaming into the program.