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force the pace

To dictate how fast someone or something moves; to set the pace. They're the best team in the league, so we need to force the pace of the game if we want to have any chance of beating them.
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force the pace

adopt a fast pace in a race in order to tire out your opponents quickly.
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force the ˈpace

(especially British English) make somebody do something more quickly or make something happen more quickly: The government is forcing the pace on economic reforms and the public don’t like it.
If you force the pace in a race, you force the other runners to run as fast as you because you want them to get tired.
See also: force, pace
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In the early stages, the home side were forcing the pace as the game was played mainly in the Town half.
The Gilfach boxer kept to his game plan in the second with Davies forcing the pace with combinations to the head and body, but was outscored by the cool Carey.
North End tried hard to get back into the game after going two down, but again it was Parkview who were forcing the pace. They duly increased their lead when Hugh McCullough scored his second goal on the 40th minute putting Parkview three goals clear at half-time and effectively killing off the tie.
A fumble by Vauxhall keeper Hilton enabled Woodlea to go 3-1 up before the Motormen began forcing the pace. Fearns headed home Cumiskey's cross on 63 minutes to reduce the arrears and close to the end of normal time,debutant Rey headed home an equaliser which was no more than Vauxhall's deserved.
But Liverpool crown court heard there was no suggestion they had been forcing the pace.
Mr Plaskitt said Postcomm seemed to be "forcing the pace and undermining the universal postal service."
Globalization and Internet technology are forcing the pace of reform.