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be dragged kicking and screaming

To be forced (to go somewhere or do something) with extreme reluctance, especially despite lengthy or vehement protests. I really thought Mike would be perfect for the job, but he had to be dragged kicking and screaming into an interview for it. When we were kids, we were dragged to our grandparents' boring old house kicking and screaming every summer for two weeks.
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So a trapped-in-the-past Theresa May only emphasises her tin ear when the PM must be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.
A woman factory worker was dragged kicking and screaming out of her workplace in Klang and slashed at by two men this morning while several bystanders, including a security guard, looked on helplessly.
I shall be dragged kicking and screaming from the chair" - David Dimbleby, who is fronting the BBC's general election coverage for the 10th time, indicates he will not stand aside easily if there are plans to replace him in the future.
Finally, the industry needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century to make sure it makes the most of the social media now used by potential visitors to not only book their holidays but, via sites such as TripAdvisor, to recommend them to their friends and peers.
Pensacola State College's (Fla.) Stan Dean says his love for poetry began as he was "dragged kicking and screaming into an Advanced English class at Pensacola High School in 1956." Today, the 73-year-old retired educator is enjoying the publication of his book of selected poetry, "Loss and Remembrance, Ruminations on the Speed of Life." The book is available at most bookstores, including Barnes & Noble, and online.
An industry struggling to defend its animal welfare credentials, being dragged kicking and screaming by public opinion into the 21st century simply asking them to stop beating an animal with a whip to try and make it move a bit quicker.
They need to give her a good home - but should they drop her precious eggs, they should all be dragged KicKing and screaming to Strumble Head, shoved down a giant cannon and fired out to sea, never to be seen again.
Maybe it's time the BBC was dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
JAPANESE star Hidetoshi Nakata shocked the football world when he quit the game at just 28 this summer - but Brazilian ace Romario will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into retirement.
The district attorney, having linked his reputation to Coleman's by relying so heavily on him to prosecute these cases, likewise had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the conclusion that Coleman could not be trusted.
It even had to be dragged kicking and screaming into making V6 engines, then designed an engine family that may be the most sophisticated and versatile in the automotive industry.
As David Melding says, they have been dragged kicking and screaming when they could have set an example.
In a week when sport has been dragged kicking and screaming through the sewers following that vomit-provoking boxing brawl in New York, Jaine's charitable instincts come like a breath of fresh air.
The Senate version could even jeopardize employers who could be made liable for health care decisions and dragged kicking and screaming into the courtroom.
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