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force down

1. To compel or physically force someone or oneself 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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: down, force

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.
See also: down, force
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

force down

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Although the water sweeping the Gulf Coast area may have been contaminated, "it was not forced down peoples' lungs by high-speed waves," he says.
Among her conclusions: if more women actually did enter the labor market because of such mandates, the wage rates in female-dominated occupations would be forced down.
"The same logic suggests the government should take an interest in how much sleep you get, what kind of sex you have, and whether you floss regularly." That's an unappetizing thought, but it's the sort of thing that may soon be forced down our throats.
Following their difficulties with venue and their uncertain future Crusaders were forced down to Division Two at the end of the 2002/03 season, where they finished fourth.
"Legacy ISDN networks in the US have been neglected by vendors for too long and were in danger of being forced down an unnecessary 'end-of-life' path because of a lack of renewed innovation in the industry," said Tim Burne, CEO, VegaStream.
Sensitive information and equipment needed to be destroyed should the plane be forced down in unfriendly territory.
PITY poor Deano, who was battered with an axe and finished off with a clothes prop forced down his throat.
spy plane flying along the coast of China was forced down after a Chinese fighter jet collided with it.
The world stopped and watched in horror as news of the assaults (including a fourth plane that was forced down in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, by courageous passengers) broke over the airwaves.
Christianity has been forced down my throat every day of my life, from "Merry Christmas!" at the grocery store to Christmas carols in the school choir.
Perhaps I attended a particularly enlightened school, because not once do I recall having a chocolate bar forced down my throat or my head slammed into a radiator.
The cost of capacity may ultimately be forced down by competition between the new owners.
This is about our constitutional right to not have religion forced down our throats."
They actually seem to believe that we've been forced down this treacherous road by militant federal judges who have imposed these decisions on us quite suddenly without a full national debate and without the consultation of patients or doctors.
Under his own name he wrote Fair Stood the Wind for France (1944), about a British bomber crew forced down in occupied France, and The Purple Plain (1946) and The Jacaranda Tree (1948), both set in Burma during the Japanese invasion.