starve (one) into (something)

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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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Behind the facade, the zombie "here be dragons" mindset lives on, a convenient excuse to starve us into just keeping going rather than moving into the future.
Rationing was the unavoidable consequence of Hitler's Germany trying to starve us into surrender.
IS THE EU going to try and starve us into submission because of a no-deal Brexit?
Liverpool is literally pulling itself up by its bootstraps right now (in spite of the Government's attempts to starve us into submission with savage and unjustified funding cuts).
This last remaining Battle of the Atlantic veteran, sailing from her home wartime base, Liverpool, saved our nation by thwarting Hitler's plans to starve us into submission.