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force (one's) hand

To push one to do something that one is not inclined to do otherwise. (The phrase alludes to a hand of playing cards.) Dave still hasn't decided where he wants to go to dinner, so I'm going to force his hand—I need to make reservations as soon as possible! I was hoping to play golf today, but the storm forced my hand, so I stayed home instead. The president is trying to force Congress's hand by threatening a veto.
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force someone's hand

to force a person to reveal plans, strategies, or secrets. (Alludes to a handful of cards in card playing.) We didn't know what she was doing until Tom forced her hand. We changed our game plan after we forced the other team's hand in the first period.
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force (someone's) hand

To force to act or speak prematurely or unwillingly.
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Following preliminary investigation, the the Levies force handed them over to FIA for further investigation.
Quetta -- Iranian security force handed over 47 Pakistani nationals to Levies force at Pak-Iran Borders in Nukundi area of Balochistan district, Levies sources said on Friday.
QUETTA: Iranian security force handed over 47 Pakistani nationals to the Levies force at Pakistan-Iran border in Nukundi, Balochistan, Levies sources said on Friday.
A security source in Babylon told the correspondent of NINA that the force of the popular crowd in Al-Farisiya region of Jurf al-Sakhr, arrested an armed man carrying explosives, tried to sneak into one of the sites belonging to the popular crowd." He added that the force handed the gunman to the competent authorities."/ End
The force handed over five missing children to their parents.
Citing the city's crime statistics for the current year, the DG Rangers said that only four incidents of extortion were reported this year and the paramilitary force handed over more than 1400 criminals to the police during the present year.
Al-Manar website was informed that a police force handed Sheikh Salman the summon request at his houses, without clarifying the reason of the summon.
CHAGHI -- Iranian security force handed over 62 Pakistani nationals to Levies force at Pak-Iran Borders in Nukundi area of Balochistan district, Levies sources said.