maneuver (one) into (doing something)

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maneuver (one) into (doing something)

To cause, compel, or convince one to do something through subtle, duplicitous, or fraudulent manipulation. The prime minister has been slowly maneuvering members of parliament and the public alike into passing legislation that gives him more power. She maneuvered her siblings into signing over their rights to the estate to her.
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maneuver someone into something

to lure, position, or deceive someone into (doing) something. I will see if I can maneuver him into accepting the offer. He was maneuvered into accepting the offer.
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Among the perspectives that no longer belong to the establishment Right but that could once be found regularly in the American Mercury, Human Events, National Review, and other conservative publications are the following: Woodrow Wilson and his outspokenly Anglophile secretary of state, Robert Lansing, maneuvered us into World War I by treating the two belligerent sides unequally and excusing the British blockade of Germany, which was illegal under international law and starved German civilians.