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make demands on (someone or something)
To put pressure on someone or something; to expect something from someone or something. The sprawling nature of their business makes a lot of demands on their accountants. Having to help my mother raise my baby sister has really made demands on my own ambitions. I can tell the new software is really making demands on my clunky old computer.
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make demands on
Urgently require something of someone, as in Her mother's illness has made considerable demands on her time. [Late 1300s]
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