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an offer one can't refuse

An offer in which the repercussions for refusing would be so great that to do so would be either be dangerous or ill-advised. It often implies the "offer" is a threat, but this is not always the case. The phrase was coined by Mario Puzo in his 1969 novel The Godfather, and popularized by the 1972 Francis Ford Coppola film adaptation of the same name. If he's not willing to agree to the contract, I might have to bring a few men over and make him an offer he can't refuse. The buyout deal was worth $9 billion to the company, so, really, it was an offer we couldn't refuse.
See also: offer, one, refuse

*offer one cannot refuse

Cliché a very attractive offer. (*Typically: give one ~; make ~; make one ~.) He made me an offer I could not refuse, so I sold him my car.
See also: cannot, offer, one, refuse

refuse something to someone

to deny someone permission to receive or use something. You wouldn't refuse water to me, would you? Nothing at all was refused to the new employee.
See also: refuse

refuse to do something

to reject doing something; to reject a request to do something. I absolutely refuse to go there! We all refused to break the law.
See also: refuse

will not hear of something

 and won't hear of something
will refuse to tolerate or permit something. You mustn't drive home alone. I will not hear of it. My parents won't hear of my staying out that late.
See also: hear, not, of, will
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Item 2 2 refuse collection vehicle bodies (at least 16 mA),
The Xpert fills a void in the current class-7 refuse market.
By July 16, a total of 203 refuse sites throughout Bulgaria will have to be shut down even though half the newly planned regional refuse sites are still under construction.
From the high-class globetrotting Moyglare Stud family of Grenzen, Refuse To Bend is a half-brother to the Melbourne Cup hero Media Puzzle, and is out of a half-sister to the Breeders' Cup Classic runnerup Twilight Agenda and the dam of Belmont Stakes winner Go And Go.
Also, 83-year-old Birkby widow Margaret Gibson said she had not had her refuse collected for eight months.
Can you see refuse collectors having to weigh each bag of refuse they collect?
Ultimately, physicians would be able to refuse to provide medical care based on personal disapproval of [an individual's] sexual orientation," says Lois Uttley, director of the MergerWatch Project in New York City, a group that works to protect hospital-based services from being restricted by religiously sponsored health systems.
A fundamentalist Christian or conservative Roman Catholic who, for example, opposes "right-to-die" laws, could ignore a patient's "do not resuscitate" order or refuse to remove feeding tubes, ventilators or other equipment from a patient, even if that person has a "living will" and list of advance directives.
Without such a showing, the court may well refuse even to consider the case.
The autobiography of Kenyan human rights activist and political exile Koigi wa Wamwere, I Refuse To Die: My Journey For Freedom is the intensely personal story of Kenya's blood-stained colonial past as encapsulated in Wamwere's life.
However, the physician should not refuse to accept patients because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
QUEBEC CITY -- The recently elected Liberal Quebec government plans to reduce the number of households receiving welfare by 25,000 this year and to cut social assistance benefits by a maximum of $300 per month for those recipients who refuse to accept a job.
Preferential flow in landfills affects the success of in situ biological treatment of the refuse because microorganisms are transported by the flow of leachate, and degradation can occur only when the moisture content of the refuse exceeds 40% (m/m).
Women who refuse to try inserting the female condom and women who try but experience difficulties have different profiles, suggesting that different interventions are needed to promote use in these two groups.