force the issue

force the issue

To compel a decision, discussion, or confrontation regarding a particular issue or matter at hand. For months my boss has been dragging his feet about increasing my pay, so tomorrow I'm finally going to force the issue with him.
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force the issue

compel the making of an immediate decision.
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ˈforce the issue

do something to make people take action quickly: The management certainly seemed sympathetic to our concerns, but I think it would be best to wait a while and not try to force the issue just yet.
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City feel it is down to Lescott to force the issue and would like him to tell Blues boss David Moyes he wants to move.
JOLEON Lescott will have to force the issue if he wants to join Manchester City.
Four months later we tried to force the issue and were told we'd get a reply within 10 days.
Lib-Dem leader Stuart Kelly said his party and the Tories - 40 members in total - could outvote Labour's 26 councillors to force the issue.
But in order for our government to move, there must be a strong consensus that violence against LGBT people anywhere is intolerable--and that will happen only when we force the issue.
Even before you get to the labor stage, there can be growth discrepancies or select problems with one twin that force the issue on delivery.
Yet some traditionalist Catholics and bishops are determined to force the issue.
The US government has said that it would not force the issue of armed sky marshals on transatlantic flights if European countries rejected such a plan.
Derby boss John Gregory and his players have yet to receive their monthly salaries and Higginbotham is trying to force the issue.
But we do think by demonstrating that it belongs in the debate, we can force the issue on policymakers and really make this the next big issue.
If this invitation to participate was, as Gustav Metzger has recently said of the work, a highly political act, it was one wholly in keeping with Chaimowicz's refusal to force the issue.
Politics, however, may force the issue quickly so the mayor can benefit from the $800 million in proceeds needed to balance his budget.