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inflict (someone or something) (up)on (one)

1. To cause someone to have to care for someone else, especially when doing so is burdensome or otherwise unwelcome. Oh, please don't inflict Uncle Albert on me—he's so obnoxious!
2. To cause someone to have to endure something that is damaging, troublesome, or problematic. Their military is trying to inflict maximum damage upon our country. Stop inflicting so much pressure on your daughter and let her live her own life!
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inflict someone (up)on someone

to burden someone with the care or keeping of someone else. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Please don't inflict Bob upon me. My brother inflicted his children on us for the weekend. Well, I certainly don't want to inflict myself on you for the weekend, but I do need a place to stay.
See also: inflict, on

inflict something (up)on someone or something

to impose something, such as pain, a burden, a problem, etc., on someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I hate to inflict an additional burden upon you, but someone has to clean the oven. Please don't inflict that on me.
See also: inflict, on

inflict on

or inflict upon
To deal or mete out something that punishes or is burdensome; impose something: The insurgents inflicted heavy losses on the troops. The hurricane inflicted great damage upon the coastal communities.
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But I have to weigh against that what you did in a city centre at night using a weapon to threaten and inflict violence.
Alan Greaves happened to be in front of you, on his way to serve the community, as he had always done, and you decided to inflict violence on him.
These experiences support the FBI data that even after being mortally wounded, a suspect with a knife still can inflict injury or death to an officer.
Richard Delgado's view of hate speech as a tort (the intentional infliction of emotional distress) and Charles Lawrence's view of hate speech as a form of assault are both reminiscent of the reference in Chaplinsky to words that "by their very utterance inflict injury.
More than one person was likely involved to inflict such an attack NICK JONES of rspca calls for information
Reduction of services in our laboratory cannot and must not be allowed to occur as it will be unacceptable for us as humans to allow the powers that be to inflict such suffering ont he animals in our care.
IN COURT Robert Davey and Sarah Vasey both deny child cruelty charges ON TRIAL Sarah Vasey is alleged to have attempted to inflict grievous bodily harm on the child
It absolutely makes my blood boil when I read about so-called animal lovers who leave their animals to starve to death and also inflict other kinds of cruelty on them only to be given an order banning them from keeping pets for a number of years.
The losses or damages that a delinquent can inflict have changed dramatically due to society's increasing dependence on computers.
Experts said the appalling injuries would have required substantial force to inflict and were of different ages, meaning they were not all inflicted at the same time.
Co-accused Sarah Vasey is alleged to have tried to inflict serious harm and also faces cruelty charges.
Islamabad, February 21, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Pakistan nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has said that in the event of a nuclear war, Pakistan can inflict irreparable damage to India.
Recorder Cox sentenced McQuade to six years and said: "He was helpless and did not inflict or attempt to inflict a single blow on you.
The way they inflict unbearable stress and heartbreak on the UK spouse deprives that person of his/her human rights.
Relevant Factor: Subject attempts to escape from the vicinity of a violent confrontation in which he inflicted or attempted to inflict death or serious injury.