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cow (someone) into (something)

To pressure or shame someone into doing something. You can say whatever you want—you're not cowing me into stealing for you.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cow someone into something

to intimidate someone into doing something through the use of guilt or shame. You can't cow me into doing it. Those tricks don't work on me. You can cow Wally into almost anything.
See also: cow
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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