kicking and screaming


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kicking and screaming

A phrase used to describe someone who has been forced (to go somewhere or do something) with extreme reluctance, especially despite lengthy or vehement protests. Often used in the phrase "dragged kicking and screaming." I really thought Mike would be perfect for the job, but he had to be dragged kicking and screaming into an interview for it. When we were kids, we were dragged kicking and screaming to our grandparents' boring old house every summer for two weeks.
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kicking and screaming

protesting vociferously, especially against being forced to accept innovations. informal
2004 Gramophone Magazine Some say he [ Pierre Boulez ] dragged the Philharmonic's generally conservative audience kicking and screaming into the harsh light of modernism.
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He said: "The shock kicked in and she started kicking and screaming, asking, 'Where's my mommy?
Today that kicking and screaming is mostly directed at her - by the politicians she writes about, with rarely a good word for anyone (there could be exceptions).
Seems there was just too much kicking and screaming to see a Will Ferrell movie about coaching a kids soccer team, too much thinking long and hard if ``The Longest Yard'' was worth supporting.
Outing is back," declared an article in the San Francisco Chronicle--that controversial practice from the 1980's whereby famous gay people would be dragged out of the closet kicking and screaming by some pissed-off gay journalist or ACT-UP member.
which then is followed by the adult taking charge of the situation and the children following kicking and screaming.
Mum Georgeann Baxter added: "He picked her up, his hand over her mouth, but she was kicking and screaming.
Afterman notes that "after much kicking and screaming," the FASB has finally opened the door to a "new era of global accounting.
Whatever system college football eventually settles on for choosing its national champion - and eventually it will be dragged kicking and screaming to a playoff system - should be judged by the same standard as the referee and the field condition and any such necessary evil.
The creators of the original ``American Idol'' want to drag Simon Cowell kicking and screaming into court.
Twin sisters who had been living apart ever since a court divided them between their feuding mother and father were dragged from a courtroom kicking and screaming ``Daddy, daddy, help us