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compel (someone) to (do something)

To strongly encourage or pressure someone to do something. Threaten me all you want—you'll never compel me to be a traitor to my country!
See also: compel, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

compel someone to do something

to force someone to do something; to drive someone to so something. You can't compel me to do that. She compelled herself to try, even though she was ill.
See also: compel, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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1, 2 and 4, to which SCO has declined to provide meaningful answers," reads IBM's memorandum in support of its second motion to compel discovery.
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The principal Enlightenment thinkers--Hume, Adam Smith, and Kant--believed that if one could strip away tradition and superstition, it would be possible to formulate a set of moral principles that would compel assent by reason alone.
After defining the most likely connections with veterinarians, the agency's creative team crafted a single-minded selling proposition or benefit that would compel veterinarians to buy Clavamox and Zeniquin.
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As NATO's commander, Clark directed the 1999 air war against Yugoslavia that was intended to compel that country to relinquish control over its restive, predominantly Albanian province of Kosovo.