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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

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.
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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]
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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
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Imposing it on heinous crimes is like correcting a wrong with another wrong like committing violence to suppress violence.
It is always helpful to remember that it is possible to influence people and change their behaviour through suggestions or by example without imposing your will on them.
Finally, imposing a cost on a person is different to merely withholding assistance (or a benefit) from that person.
Wilbur Ross, CEO of International Steel Group (ISG), a large integrated steel mill headquartered in Richfield, Ohio, in his testimony expressed concern that imposing ally type of restriction on scrap metal would result in retaliatory strikes by other countries, notably China.
Rather than imposing a complex subpart F analysis on the active income of all business operations, the original 1962 legislation provided a substantial de minimis rule that excluded from subpart F amounts equal to up to 30 percent of a CFC's gross income.
In rejecting the ITC findings, Bush found that imposing tariffs under the safeguard would "likely have a negative effect on the thousands of small, family-owned dry-cleaning businesses across the U.S.
The political contingencies of various societies, born often of power, not reason, distort such universality by imposing arbitrary impediments.
To achieve a favorable impact, departments must apply discipline in a fair and reasonable manner by imposing discipline similar to what they applied previously for the same misconduct.
would be justified in imposing comprehensive economic sanctions on a country.
American cooperation with the OECD, which operates under the umbrella of the Financial Action Task Force ("FATF"), has extended to American bank regulators, who are eagerly imposing new guidelines on American banks in direct opposition to the wishes of the majority in Congress.
During the sentencing phase of Sandoval's trial, the prosecuting attorney argued that imposing a death sentence would be "doing what God says."
Although he recently declared pro-abortion as the new litmus test for Liberal candidates and the Liberal party, apparently he does not see this as imposing immorality.
But the court also found the IRS had been unreasonable in imposing an accuracy penalty because it was a case of "first impression" involving the unclear application of a code amendment.
This requirement, which is already in place for financial institutions generally, benefits consumers without imposing excessive burdens.