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force of circumstance

A situation over which one has little or no control and is thus forced to take certain actions. Don't tell me that you started drinking as a force of circumstance—there are plenty of other choices you could have made.
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force of ˈcircumstance

a situation in which you are forced to do something by factors beyond your control: He claimed he turned to crime through force of circumstance. He hadn’t been able to find a job and his family was starving.
See also: circumstance, force, of
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