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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, refuse

paper never refused ink

People are able to write whatever they want, however inaccurate or misleading. A: "It seems like all manner of nonsense is being printed these days." B: "Well, paper never refused ink!"
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refuse (something) to (one)

To decline to give or grant something to one. The prison guard was accused of refusing medical treatment to dozens of inmates. Unfortunately, the company is completely within their rights to refuse insurance benefits to new employees.
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refuse to (do something)

To indicate or express that one is unwilling or determined not to do something. He refused to sign the contract because he would have to relinquish creative control of the project. I tried to call to apologize to her, but she's refusing to answer her phone.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*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.
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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.
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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.
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Many refusers have taken action outside the organized campaign and without the help of groups such as Yesh Gvul.
Le defunt roi Abdallah avait decide en 2011 d'autoriser les femmes a voter et a se porter candidates pour les municipales de 2015, en affirmant a l'epoque [beaucoup moins que] refuser de marginaliser la femme dans la societe saoudienne [beaucoup plus grand que].
Selon l'AFP, la Coalition de l'opposition vient d'ailleurs de refuser une invitation de Moscou pour ces discussions auquel invite l'accord de Geneve, exigeant des excuses de la Russie pour son "ingerence" en Syrie et les "massacres" commis contre le peuple "avec des armes russes".
Au peril de sa vie, le detenu palestinien a somme, mardi dernier, au sortir d'un long coma, de se prononcer sur son cas dans les 48 heures, sous peine de refuser toute alimentation et de s'hydrater.
"Refuser cette Beneliga, ce serait de la mauvaise gestion.
Il confie refuser d'enregistrer un album en raison du piratage et du non-professionnalisme qui minent le secteur culturel.
Les delegues du M23 a Kampala avaient reclame mercredi dernier la signature d'un cessez-le-feu avec les autorites de RDC, accusant Kinshasa de s'y refuser et de faire traEner les negociations pour renforcer ses positions dans l'est de la RDC.
[beaucoup moins que] Les Turcs ont dit aux terroristes qu'ils soutiennent et supervisent de refuser de cooperer avec (Staffan) De Mistura (mediateur de l'ONU, ndlr) [beaucoup plus grand que], a ajoute Assad estimant que [beaucoup moins que] tout plan que vous voulez faire appliquer en Syrie aujourd'hui pour mettre fin au probleme sera sabote par une intervention etrangere [beaucoup plus grand que].