against one's will

against (one's) will

Without one's permission or consent. Typically used to describe an action or activity that one has been forced to do. The attacker forced the woman into his car against her will.
See also: will
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

against one's will

Without one's consent, forcibly, as in The defendant knew he could not be made to testify against his will. Originally one meaning of will was "acquiescence" or "consent," but this sense survives only in this idiom, which today nearly always implies some use of force. [c. 1400]
See also: will
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
See also: