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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
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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.
See also: compel, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"He is Allah.., the Sovereign Lord, the Holy one, Peace, the Keeper of Faith, the Guardian, the Majestic, the compeller, the Superb." Sura Al-Hashr 59:23.
Giant's Causeway had plenty of use made of him here and battled home well under the Compeller Kinane, but you don't require membership of Mensa to absorb the lesson of the race.
His imposing six-foot-four figure led a group of "compellers" to the lodgings of two of the absentees, and forcibly dragged them to the Assembly room.
minds of the compelled or of the compellers is an empirical question