force in(redirected from force (someone or something) in)
1. To cause something to collapse or break inward using a great deal of force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "in." I couldn't open the box properly, so I just used my thumbs to force the lid in. Police had to force in the door of the suspect's apartment.
2. To push, shove, or jam someone or something into a particular space or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "in." That box is full of breakables, so don't just force it in there! I can't believe they forced us in that dirty jail cell, as if we were a couple of petty criminals!
3. To persuade or pressure someone or an animal to enter some space or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "in." Don't force her in there, she's scared of elevators! I ultimately had to force the dog in because we were running late.
4. To include something in something else despite the resistance of someone else or the unsuitability of the thing. A noun or pronoun is used between "force" and "in." The director admitted that studio executives had forced the love story in the movie. It just feels like you're trying to force in a lot of needless dialogue.
See also: force
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force someone or something in(to) somethingand force someone or something in
1. to make someone or something go into something. Please don't force me into that little room! They forced in many people.
2. to make someone or something fit into something. Don't try to force the plug into the socket. Don't force in the plug. Sam forced his buddy into the cabinet, and left him well hidden there.
See also: force
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.