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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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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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in demand

Greatly sought after; desired or required by many people. (Hyphenated if used before a noun; sometime 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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on demand

When needed or desired. (Hyphenated if used before a noun.) 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

by popular demand

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

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
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For instance, a fashion company can be sure that its trendiest fashions arrive at its stores exactly when consumer appetite demands it.
The heat wave currently gripping California resulted in a new all-time record peak power demand on Monday and pushed the state to within 1% of another new peak on Tuesday.
In response to the Eventful Demand, Wheaton scheduled the Boston appearance to coincide with his arrival in Boston after CruiseTrek 2006, a Star Trek-themed cruise in which he will be featured because of his portrayal of Wesley Crusher on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Cox is excited to add the incredible convenience and value of On Demand to our Cox Digital Cable service in the Northern Virginia market," said Gary McCollum, vice president and region manager of Cox Northern Virginia.
The Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 is one way our magazine tries to help readers navigate the complex landscape of supply and demand chain solutions and service providers," explained Andrew Reese, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine.
According to Andrew Reese, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine, "The '100' list of companies is designed to showcase providers, like GXS, that have completed successful and innovative real-life supply chain implementations, and give our readers a starting place when looking for solutions to their own supply chain pain points.
The Supply & Demand Chain Executive "Provider Pros to Know" is an annual listing of individuals from supply/demand chain software providers who exhibit deep domain knowledge and innovative thinking within the industry.
JRG on-demand supply chain planning helps manufacturers connect their factories directly to retailers to schedule and re-schedule production daily based on retailer demand.
Supply & Demand Chain Executive based the criteria for the 2004 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 on the factors that its readers said mattered most in evaluations of solutions for enabling their supply and demand chains.
Accelerated order lead times and meeting each customer's unique demands means our people, processes, and systems have to be highly responsive," said Ken Meidell, CIO, Cascade Designs.
The company offers the only server architecture in the market with the scalability to deliver up to 53,000 simultaneous streams from a single site, meeting the demands of VoD today and on-demand's future content needs of everything-on-demand (EoD).
Tyschper said the company wanted to plan production efficiently to meet the demands of its customers while avoiding incurring overtime at production facilities.
LOUIS -- The industry leadership and sustained growth of Demand Management, Inc.