force (someone or something) on(redirected from force on somebody)
force (someone or something) on
To compel someone or an animal to continue or persist. The team was completely burnt out, but the manager forced them on so that the software would be ready to ship by the deadline. My dog tried to lie down and take a nap at the end of our block, but I forced her on so that I wouldn't have to carry her to our door.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
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force (oneself) on/upon
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