drag (someone) kicking and screaming(redirected from dragged them kicking and screaming)
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drag (someone) kicking and screaming
To force someone to go somewhere or do something against their will, especially when they protest against it vehemently and/or at great length. I really thought Mike would be perfect for that job, but I had to drag him kicking and screaming into an interview for it. Every summer we drag our kids kicking and screaming to their grandparents' house in the countryside. The prime minister dragged the country kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
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drag someone kicking and screaming
COMMON If you drag someone kicking and screaming to a place or into a different state, you force them to go there or to change even though they are unwilling to do this. The minister was dragged kicking and screaming to the House yesterday. Stefan was the man who would drag North Yorkshire kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century. Note: Other verbs are sometimes used instead of drag. A reviewer had managed to sneak in to a preview last week but he was spotted by security and hauled out kicking and screaming.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
- drag someone kicking and screaming
- fortify (someone or something) against (something) with (something)
- avenge (oneself) against (someone or something)
- get up against
- get up against (someone or something)
- clash against
- clash against (someone or something)
- demonstrate against
- demonstrate against (someone or something)