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force down

1. To compel or physically force someone to swallow something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "down." This medicine tastes disgusting, but I do want to get better, so I'll force it down. The government has come under fire for ordering prison staff to force food down the hunger strikers' throats.
2. To push someone or something down. A noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "down." Back when I used to be bigger than my brother, I could force him down with ease—not anymore!
3. To cause someone or something to move downward, such as a plane. A noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "down." Severe turbulence forced the plane down—it had to make an emergency landing in Phoenix.
See also: down, force

force someone or something down

to press or push someone or something downward. I forced him down and slipped the handcuffs on him. The cop forced down the thug and handcuffed him. I forced the dog down and held it there.
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force something down

to force oneself to swallow something. I can't stand sweet potatoes, but I manage to force them down just to keep from making a scene. She forced down the sweet potatoes.
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force down

v.
1. To cause someone or something to descend or land by use of force: Engine failure forced down the aircraft. On sighting the hostile helicopter, the soldier engaged it and forced it down.
2. To swallow something that one does not want to swallow: To be polite, I forced down the awful-tasting food. I forced the unpleasant cough syrup down.
See also: down, force
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The live-saver added: "But before they applied the 25% we were entitled to they cut our basic wage to essentially force us down into band four.
"What we are faced with, however, is a Government intervention trying to force us down a particular road and we are concerned about where that Government direction might take us.
Except for the fact that the Barack Obama administration wants to force us down this same fateful path.
For this reason, the majority of Bahrainis support reform of our constitutional monarchy, but do not want to allow a small group of militants to force us down the disastrous path of revolution and anarchy, as we have seen in Syria, Egypt and Libya.
Teams double up on him and force us down the right and I'm still not convinced about O'Neil.
We must resist attempts to use the fear word to force us down the same path.
'It is sad the actions of one person should force us down this route but we take every incident very seriously.'
Moreover, the need to do something may force us down one or both of these paths before we can foresee all the consequences.