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exhort (one) to (do something)

To plead with one to do something. I exhorted the kids to behave at the wedding, but I'm still fearing possible tantrums.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

exhort someone to do something

to urge or pressure someone to do something. She exhorted us to do better, but we only did worse. The boss exhorted the workers to increase productivity.
See also: exhort, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Women's, civil rights and education organizations, including the League of Women Voters, are rallying behind a national public education campaign to "Save Title IX" and exhorting citizens to tell Congress and the President to reject any changes to Title IX athletics policies (link below).
The bishops insist on freedom of the press, at the same time exhorting the media to be fair and truthful in their reporting (Zenit, Oct.
Mike Rann, premier of the state of South Australia, has stated that climate change poses a greater threat to Australia than does terrorism and is exhorting his counterparts in other states and territories, and within the federal government, to take action to counter the threat.
He also gives his students a lesson in living, exhorting them to answer the call to life, to freedom.
He plans to spend his year in office exhorting every member of the AICPA and state societies to work together to make significant improvements in four areas: interstate practice mobility, private company financial reporting, diversity in the profession and Americans' ability to manage their personal finances.
Exhorting his colleagues to address the pressing problems of the material world populated by "real active men," Marx and Engels hoped to deliver a wake-up call to European intellectuals and workers alike.
Yet scattered through all of these lofty, aerial essays there are enough occasions of splendid and spectacular insight, clarifications and apprehensions so striking (and so immediately evident) that I believe it is worth exhorting ourselves to bestow the energy of patience on this work.
Curiously, though, after exhorting her audience to "be ballsy and brave" rather than complacent, Bernhard spends most of her show making fun of easy targets that don't take much courage to rag, such as Mariah Carey and Versace ads.
After all, you can't turn on the television these days without seeing clever advertisements from Internet trading companies exhorting would-be investors to "get rich quick" by trading stocks online.
The interior of the palace was also decorated with images of some of Florence's favorite saints, such as John the Baptist (the commune's patron saint), Bernard of Clairvaux (who was adopted as the Palace's patron), Zenobius (an early Florentine bishop who was believed to have helped save the city from invasion by the Goths), Christopher (who because he provided protection against sudden death and accident "was a popular saint in public places"), Doubting Thomas (whose image in the audience chamber of the Signoria was accompanied by a sonnet of Franco Sacchetti, exhorting onlookers "to touch the truth" as Saint Thomas had done), and Victor (who was revered because the Florentines had won a victory against Pisa on his feast day in 1364).