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starve (one) into (something)

To starve one of food in order to force one to undergo something or perform some task. The secret police starved the prisoner into confessing. The army laid siege to the walled city, eventually starving it into submission.
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starve (someone or an animal) into something

to force someone or an animal to do something by starvation. The torturers finally starved the prisoner into telling the battle plans. They starved the water buffalo into a state of weakness.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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