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enforce (something) on (one)

To make one subject to something, such as a rule or law. A noun or pronoun can be used between "enforce" and "on." Are you really going to enforce this law on me, your own sister?
See also: enforce, on
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enforce something on someone

to make a law effective with regard to someone. I can't enforce this on her if I don't enforce it on you. This law can't be enforced on anyone.
See also: enforce, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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It also refused to use the blue pencil clause that was in her contract to remove the words "or interested" to amend the clause and make it enforceable.
For example, an agreement that creates enforceable rights and obligations in one jurisdiction may fail to create enforceable rights and obligations in another because of differences in laws.
Under the ED, as currently written, revenue may be claimed or "recognized" only in the context of legally enforceable contracts with customers.
Because of this, the settlement agreement executed in lieu of court action did not invalidate the enforceable right of the charities to receive the estate assets, so the charitable deduction was allowed.
Up until now, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has provided 15 and 18 certificates that are legally enforceable here.
The district court found it enforceable, but on appeal, the 2nd Circuit disagreed.
A money judgment obtained by a plaintiff in New York State is only valid and enforceable for 20 years.
The ACMA has accepted enforceable undertakings from three companies - Vodafone, New Dialogue and Big Mobile - over alleged breaches of the Spam Act.
While acknowledging that might be true, the judge said that there was still a need to demonstrate that there would be a legally enforceable right to maintain anonymity, in the absence of a genuine breach of confidence.
THE family of a woman killed on a busy road reacted with fury last night to news that speed limit signs on the road through their village were "non enforceable".
"It might be enforceable in a court of law this contract but it's not enforceable in the court of public opinion," she said.
This contract might be enforceable in a court of law but it's not enforceable in the court of public opinion and that's where the Government steps in," Ms Harman told BBC1's Andrew Marr show.
Dubai: The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) on Tuesday said it had accepted an enforceable undertaking given by Roberto Da Silva, the former compliance reporting officer of GFS Investments (Middle East).
Summary: The Dubai Financial Services Authority ("DFSA") today announced that it has accepted an Enforceable Undertaking given by Roberto Da Silva (DA SILVA), the former Compliance Reporting Officer of GFS Investments (Middle East) Limited ("GFS Investments").
The purpose of the present paper is argue that Samaritan rights should, at the very least, not be accepted as enforceable rights, and therefore do not justify the existence of a state.