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bow to (one's) demands

To submit to or accept another person's demands. You need to grow a spine. You can't just bow to your boss's demands every time!
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by popular demand

Due to a lot of requests or interest (in something). Here are your menus—you'll see that some of our special dishes from last summer are back by popular demand.
See also: by, demand, popular

demand (something) from (one)

To insist that someone do, provide, or relinquish something. I demand full attention from my students, so if you plan to nap or socialize in here, then you might as well drop this class right now.
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demand (something) of (someone or something)

To insist that someone or something do, provide, or relinquish something. I demand the full attention of my students, so if you plan to nap or socialize in here, then you might as well drop this class right now. You're really demanding a lot of our washer by throwing such a big load in there.
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in demand

Greatly sought after; desired or required by many people. Sometimes hyphenated. Sometimes used with the modifier "high" before or in the middle of the phrase. To the surprise of some, the product has been in high demand since it was first released. Retailers have struggled to maintain stock of the in-demand toy. Now that the property market has begun to boom, construction workers are in demand.
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in great demand

Greatly sought after; desired or required by many people. To the surprise of some, the product has been in great demand since it was first released. Oh, that toy is in great demand—retailers have struggled to keep it in stock. Now that the property market has begun to boom, construction workers are in great demand.
See also: demand, great

make demands of (one)

To put a great deal of pressure on one to perform at an extremely high level. This is a cutthroat business, and it makes demands of anyone who wants to excel in it. The coach makes demands of all the kids who play on his team, but they also have more championship titles than any other team in the state.
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make demands on (someone or something)

To put pressure on someone or something; to expect something from someone or something. The sprawling nature of their business makes a lot of demands on their accountants. Having to help my mother raise my baby sister has really made demands on my own ambitions. I can tell the new software is really making demands on my clunky old computer.
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on demand

When needed or desired. Often hyphenated. It can be difficult to adjust to a baby's need to feed on demand. Cable television is being replaced in many homes by on-demand video services.
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supply and demand

The amount of something available to purchase compared to the number of people who need or want to purchase it. The company has had a hard time figuring out supply and demand on their first product, which has been incredibly popular but very difficult to find in stores.
See also: and, demand, supply
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bow to someone's demands

Fig. to yield to someone's demands; to agree to do something that someone has requested. In the end, they had to bow to our demands. We refused to bow to their demands that we abandon the project.
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demand something from someone or something

 and demand something of someone or something
to command that something be received from someone or a group or something; to demand that someone or a group or something do something. The muggers demanded money from everyone. The petitioners demanded a response from the board of directors. She demanded too much of her automobile.
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in great demand

wanted by many people. Liz is in great demand as a singer. Mary's paintings are in great demand.
See also: demand, great

make demands of someone or something

 and make demands on someone or something
to expect someone or something to do something or act in a particular way. Please don't make demands of everyone in the shop. The boss is making a lot of demands on the new machinery.
See also: demand, make, of

rush on something

 and run on something
a large demand for something. There was a rush on bottled water during the drought. During the hot summer, there was a run on air conditioners.
See also: on, rush

supply and demand

the availability of things or people as compared to the need to utilize the things or people; the availability of goods compared to the number of willing customers for the goods. Sometimes you can find what you want by shopping around and other times almost no store carries the items you are looking for. It depends entirely on supply and demand. (Alludes to a principle of market economics.) Sometimes customers ask for things we do not carry in stock and other times we have things in abundance that no one wants to buy. Whether or not we can make money off of a product depends entirely on supply and demand.
See also: and, demand, supply
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in demand

Sought after, as in The general was in demand as an after-dinner speaker. [Early 1800s]
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make demands on

Urgently require something of someone, as in Her mother's illness has made considerable demands on her time. [Late 1300s]
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on demand

When needed or asked for, as in She's always ready to sing on demand, or Nowadays infants are generally fed on demand. This usage is a broadening of this phrase's meaning in finance, that is, "payable on being requested or presented," as in This note is payable on demand. [Late 1600s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in deˈmand

wanted by many people; popular: Well-qualified young people with experience in marketing are very much in demand at the moment.
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on deˈmand

done or happening whenever somebody asks: Feed the baby on demand.
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by popular deˈmand

because a lot of people have asked for something: By popular demand, the play will run for another week.
See also: by, demand, popular
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

on demand

1. When presented for payment: a note payable on demand.
2. When needed or asked for: fed the baby on demand.
See also: demand, on
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Let the PRO make a "take it or leave it" offer, consistent with Stigler [1963], of a blanket license to the demander. The charge for the blanket license will therefore be the expected travel costs to the demander without a license from a particular PRO minus the expected travel costs to the demander with that license.
In the cases examined, the demander country was always the United States, and the target country always Japan.
The most direct indicator of the switching behaviour is the demanders' opinion regarding the substitutability of the products.
The market-clearing price becomes the uniform per-unit price charged to demanders. Each bidder's profit on each item equals the difference between his valuation for the item and the price he pays to obtain it.
"Armer les rebelles en Eethiopie, en jouant sur les dissensions tribales et ethniques", "distiller des rumeurs sur l'achat par l'Eegypte d'avions de ravitaillement en vol, afin de suggerer qu'une attaque aerienne contre le barrage etait en preparation", "conclure des accords avec la Somalie, l'Eerythree et Djibouti, pour les utiliser comme bases contre l'Eethiopie, car tout s'achete en Afrique[beaucoup plus grand que], "nous ingerer dans les affaires interieures de l'Ethiopie et profiter de leur fragilite et demander a nos services de renseignements de jouer sur les problemes ethniques, tribaux et religieux communs a l'Afrique[beaucoup plus grand que].
Elle a indique qu'elle a contacte la direction generale des prisons pour demander aux parties responsables de reagir rapidement et dans l'urgence a travers la mise en place des mesures et des instruments necessaires pour limiter la propagation de cette maladie a d'autres prisonniers.
En depit de la limitation des essais prives, les equipes de Formule 1 se sont mises d'accord pour demander une session supplementaire de tests hivernaux avant le debut de la saison 2014.
La direction de l'ES Tunis va demander un nombre de trente mille (30.000) billets pour la rencontre face au MO Bejaia prevue le 17 ou le 18 mai a Tunis pour le compte des huitiemes de finale [beaucoup moins que] bis [beaucoup plus grand que] retour de la Coupe de la Confederation de football, a indique la presse locale.
Le Chef du gouvernement Mehdi Jomaa, en visite en France pour deux jours, a affirme dans une declaration a la presse qu'il n'est pas venu en France pour demander de l'argent, rapportent plusieurs sources etrangeres : Le sens de ma visite est la consolidation des rapports entre les deux pays.
Netanyahu disposait pour ce faire d'un delai de 28 jours dont il pouvait demander la prolongation de deux semaines.
[beaucoup moins que] Neruda m'avait dit : je pars au Mexique, camarade, et la-bas je vais demander l'aide du monde pour faire tomber Pinochet.