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be put upon

To be overburdened or over strained; to be imposed on, taken advantage of, or neglected. Voters from the region say they are being put upon because their beliefs don't line up with the majority of the country. Voters from the region say they are being put upon because their beliefs don't line up with the majority of the country.
See also: put, upon

impose on (someone or something)

1. To be overly demanding of someone. Often used of guests. I hope we're not imposing on you—I really thought Walter had confirmed with you that we could stay for two weeks.
2. To subject someone to something (which is usually stated between "impose" and "on"), especially when it is unwelcome or unsolicited. My parents keep trying to impose their religious views on me, but I just connect to a different religion more.
3. To force someone to accept a law or similar legislature (which is usually stated between "impose" and "on"). If the government tries to impose that ridiculous law on us, they better be ready for a fight. Do you think the mayor will really be able to impose a tax on soda?
See also: impose, on
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

impose something (up)on someone

to force something on someone. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Don't try to impose your ideas upon me! The colonists tried to impose their values on the indigenous peoples.
See also: impose, on

impose (up)on someone

to be a bother to someone; to make a request of something to someone. (Often refers to being an overnight guest or having a meal at someone's house. Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I don't mean to impose upon you, but could you put me up for the night? Don't worry, I won't let you impose on me.
See also: impose, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

impose on

1. Force something on someone; also, levy a tax or duty. For example, Don't try to impose your ideas on me, or The British crown imposed a tariff on tea. [Late 1500s]
2. Force oneself on others; take unfair advantage of. For example, Am I imposing on you if I stay overnight? or He's always imposing on us, dropping in unexpectedly with numerous friends. [Early 1600s]
See also: impose, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

impose on

or impose upon
v.
1. To make something prevail over someone or something by authority: The government imposes a tax on cigarettes. The tribunal imposed a sentence upon the defendant.
2. To force something, such as a set of rules or opinions, on someone: Don't impose your views on me.
3. To be an inconvenience to someone by requesting unreasonable favors: Our guests imposed on us by staying for three weeks.
See also: impose, on
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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It seems plausible that the cost to Mary of being killed is smaller than the total costs she imposes on other people (including death in some cases) by interacting with them.
HB 272, Laws 2005, imposes corporate tax on limited liability entities (including limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, real estate investment trusts, regulated investment companies, real estate mortgage investment conduits and financial asset securitization investment trusts) by including such entities in the definition of "corporation"
A second provision imposes a fine and/or imprisonment of not more than 10 years for failure by any accountant who conducts an audit of a publicly traded company to "maintain all audit and review workpapers for a period of five years from the end of the fiscal period in which the audit or review was concluded." The five-year time period equals the statute of limitations for most federal crimes.
Paragraph 153(1)(g) of the Act and subsection 105(1) of the Regulations impose a withholding tax of 15 percent on fees, commissions, or other amounts paid to non-resident individuals, partnerships, or corporations in respect of services rendered in Canada, other than in the course of regular and continuous employment in Canada.
Only those who wish to impose their particular lifestyle on the rest of us would fear globalization and the spread of human freedom.
Owners groups were relieved at the decision handed down last week by the state's highest court that held a violation of Local Law 1, the city's lead paint law, imposes no affirmative duty on owners to determine whether children under seven are among their tenants.
The agreement imposes four basic limitations on restricted specialties and areas.
The internal consistency test assumes that every state imposes a tax identical to the one in question; if interstate commerce bears a burden not also borne by intrastate commerce, the tax is not internally consistent.
An automated teller machine operator that imposes a fee on a consumer for initiating an electronic fund transfer or a balance inquiry shall:
The law would unwisely make Canada one of the few jurisdictions with a sophisticated economy and complex tax system that imposes such disproportionate and Draconian penalties on employees.
This provision seems to imply that to avoid the second-tier tax, tax-exempts must monitor themselves and correct excess benefit transactions before the IRS imposes the first-tier tax upon audit.
Asch, writing on behalf of the three-judge majority, ruled that it imposes an affirmative duty of inspection upon the owner.
881 imposes a 30% withholding tax on all U.S.-source fixed or determinable, annual or periodical income earned by the foreign insurer (unless reduced or eliminated by a treaty) that is not effectively connected with the conduct of a U.S.
West Virginia imposes an excise tax on the "use or consumption in this state of gasoline or special fuel purchased outside this state at the rate of five percent of the average wholesale price of such gasoline or special fuel...."(3) Every motor carrier(4) operating in West Virginia is required to pay the excise tax on all gasoline or special fuel consumed within the State.(5) Significantly, the amounts collected from the fuel use tax are deposited in the West Virginia "road fund" and are "used only for the purpose of construction, reconstruction, maintenance and repair of highways, and payment of principal and interest on state bonds issued for highway purposes."(6)
Section 23B requires that interaffiliate transactions be at arm's length and on market-terms and imposes other restrictions designed to limit conflicts of interest.