make demands of (one)

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make demands of (one)

To put a great deal of pressure on one to perform at an extremely high level. This is a cutthroat business, and it makes demands of anyone who wants to excel in it. The coach makes demands of all the kids who play on his team, but they also have more championship titles than any other team in the state.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

make demands of someone or something

 and make demands on someone or something
to expect someone or something to do something or act in a particular way. Please don't make demands of everyone in the shop. The boss is making a lot of demands on the new machinery.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"I had been emphasizing that war was no solution to the Afghan issue, and now today the US, which had been making demands of doing more, seeking Pakistan's cooperation for political reconciliation in Afghanistan," he added.
He requested Army Chief to take notice of situation as extortionists are making life difficult for people by making demands of huge amount of payments to them.
Frontwoman Ari up prowls the stage like a warrior queen, playfully making demands of both her band and her audience.
Summary: Alan Shearer has denied making demands of Newcastle as he continues to discuss the chance to become the club's full-time manager.
"If they care about Newcastle United as much as they say they do, they will see is the right and proper thing to do." Meanwhile, Shearer has denied making demands of Newcastle as he continues to discuss the chance to become the club's full-time manager.
ALAN SHEARER has denied making demands of Newcastle as he discusses the chance to become manager.
"What we need now are players making demands of themselves and each other - I can fire them up before the game, but what happens afterwards has to come from within.