prevail (up)on (one) to (do something)

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prevail (up)on (one) to (do something)

To try to persuade, appeal to, or influence one to do something. We've prevailed upon members of congress to introduce legislation that will protect our citizens' jobs. I will prevail on him to speak at the assembly.
See also: prevail

prevail (up)on someone or something (to do something)

to appeal to someone or a group to do something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I will prevail upon her to attend the meeting. I prevailed on the committee to no avail.
See also: on, prevail

prevail on

Successfully persuade or influence, as in They prevailed on me to speak at their annual luncheon. This term uses prevail in the sense of "exert superior force." It replaced prevail with in the mid-1600s.
See also: on, prevail

prevail on

or prevail upon
v.
To successfully persuade or induce someone to do something: We prevailed on the committee to stop the developers from building a shopping mall. Lobbyists prevailed upon the president to veto the legislation.
See also: on, prevail
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The predicates with the clitic la (such as farla 'prevail upon someone cunningly or defecate', raccontada 'to tell long boring stories or deceive, be suspicious', dada 'of women, have sex easily', pensarla 'have ah opinion on something') have a higher degree of idiomatization despite the fact that the new meaning can be obtained compositionally when la is related, at the conceptual level, to a feminine NP, such as una cosa 'a thing'.
Some day, if I can prevail upon someone with a car, I intend to do so.