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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.
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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.
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Forget pinching your nose and forcing down foul-smelling algae soups a la Carol Vorderman.
Buyers saved pounds 113.9million last month by forcing down manufacturers' prices - a saving of pounds 870 per car.
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Michnovicz suggests his research might overcome that hurdle with an indole-3-carbinol dietary supplement that would allow women to gain protection without forcing down the hated vegetables.
The force was successful in forcing down the number of vehicles stolen or broken into in the region.
The Dublin-based firm is pressing ahead with aggressive expansion plans despite sky-high fuel costs and fierce competition forcing down ticket prices.