compel (someone) to (do something)

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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!
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Who then are those whom we shall compel to be guardians?
Centive, a provider of on-demand solutions for sales compensation and sales performance management, announced on Monday (29 September) that Infusionsoft, a provider of marketing automation software for small businesses and entrepreneurs, has selected Compel to automate its sales compensation programmes.
However, following a profits warning Computercenter confirmed it was pulling out of talks aimed at taking over Compel to concentrate on its core business.
Davis expects to have brought Compel to break-even point and to have integrated Info'Products within six months, at which point he will look to make further acquisitions in the UK.
In a statement to the Stock Exchange, SCH confirmed it was mulling over making an offer for Compel to counter the pounds 85 million bid placed on the table by rival IT group Computacenter.