at (someone's) behest

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at (someone's) behest

Done according to the whims or commands of someone else. Everything is done at our children's behest; it's like they're the bosses of the family! I'm presenting you this subpoena at the behest of the civil court.
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I had received no thanks for my other service; and being unwilling to run to and fro at his behest, I replied - 'Nobody is out there but Joseph.'
'Yes, the establishment arranged a meeting between us and Farooq Sattar at his behest,' he said.
A case was registered against Afaq Ahmad and his other associates with Landhi police whereby it was alleged that at his behest his associates had kidnapped an employee of water board who was worker of MQM and they had subjected him to violence.
One pertains to abetment to suicide, another to custodial torture and attempted murder of Ruchika's brother Ashu by the Haryana Police at Rathore's behest, and the third to forgery of Ruchika's inquest report at his behest.
Right-wing news website The Drudge Report - which broke the Monica Lewinsky scandal - claimed a woman close to Senator Kerry recently left America at his behest.
At his behest, Ligozzi allied mineralogy, botany, zoology, and art through the medium of pietre dure, turning designs of plants and animals into inlays of translucent slices of precious stones.
Whereas in past years the greeting wished citizens a "Merry Christmas," this year it was changed at his behest to "Seasons Greetings," for reasons of "inclusiveness."