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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. Because he was armed, the assailant was able to empty the cash register against the store clerk's will. After screaming at me through the door, he forced his way into the house against my will.
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against someone's will
without a person's consent or agreement. You cannot force me to come with you against my will!
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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]
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.
against your ˈwillwithout wanting to: I was forced to sign the document against my will.
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