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force on (someone or something)
1. To force or impose something on one. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "on." Management is trying to force mandatory overtime on us. Why are you trying to force all of these old hats off on me? You're cleaning out your attic, aren't you?
2. To demand that someone or something continue or persist. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "on." My dog tried to lie down and take a nap at the end of our block, but I forced her on so I wouldn't have to carry her to our door.
3. To rape someone. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "force" and "on." Stay away from that guy—I hear he likes to try to force himself on drunk girls.
force someone or something (off) on someone
to make someone take someone or something. I didn't want it, but she forced it off on me. She forced her nephew on me and went out shopping.
1. To require someone or something to accept or confront something: The people in charge always force the least pleasant jobs on us. The unexpected guests forced themselves on us, and we ended up cooking them dinner. The tax was forced on both rich and poor for the benefit of the king.
2. To force or require someone or something to continue: Although we were almost too exhausted to move, hunger forced us on. After ten miles some prisoners collapsed, but the captors forced on the rest.
force (oneself) on/upon