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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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 is also responsible for enforcing the Family and Medical Leave Act, which entitles workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons.
That people can decide for themselves which laws are truly worth enforcing is a necessary step in creating a just society free of political despotism.
Because full enforcement is not an option, police always will have to use discretion in enforcing the laws.
Boucher has introduced a bill that would give NSF principal responsibility for enforcing the protocol provisions, with some oversight provided by a presidential commission.
ISLAMABAD -- An eleven member delegation of Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah's Ulema Wednesday handed over 15 point recommendations to State Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Pir Amin-ul-Hasnaat Shah for enforcing Nizam-e-Mustafa in the country.
ISLAMABAD, October 19, 2011 (Frontier Star): Political administration of Khyber Agency has said that no mortar shell was fired by law enforcing agency that killed one person and injured four children among seven others.
Bush so strongly favored enforcing UN resolutions that he said he would commit U.S.
Grounds for not enforcing judgements would include missing or incomplete certificates, or the possibility of double incrimination.
After the department installed its own claims-administrator adjusters, it cut costs by some 40%, simply by enforcing the letter of the law on claims.
But these gains could be reversed if we don't do a better job of enforcing the law.
Most major counties did not have such disparities; in those places, the police seemed to be enforcing the curfews evenhandedly.
MTA's 3,800 transit cops began strictly enforcing rules that forbid littering, creating unsanitary conditions, blocking free movement, lying down on subway seats, and begging.
The staff of the department can also assist the ethics committee in communicating, investigating, and enforcing the code of ethics.
Dr.Petrozza argued that covenant was void on public grounds, because enforcing the covenant would deprive Statesville residents of necessary medical care.