subject (one) to (someone or something)

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subject (one) to (someone or something)

To force one to tolerate, endure, or deal with someone or something. I'm sorry for subjecting you to my dad's political rant. He can't talk about anything else at dinner. They subjected the prisoner to all sorts of physical and mental torture to extract information from him.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

subject someone or something to something

to cause someone to endure someone or something. I didn't mean to subject you to Uncle Harry. I am sorry I have to subject you to all this questioning.
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subject to something

likely to have something, such as a physical disorder, The sick man was subject to dizzy spells. I am subject to frequent headaches.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

subject to

To cause someone to undergo or experience something: The commander subjected the troops to daily inspections. The oil platform was subjected to extreme weather.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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They just talk too much and I wouldn't want to subject someone to me being like that because I talk too much anyway." Born in Halifax, but raised in Framlingham in Suffolk, Ed grew up listening to Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and The Beatles, but got into hip hop through a cousin's love of Eminem.
Gift writes, "though I am deeply skeptical of pesticides in general, I believe Rachel Carson advocated limiting--not eliminating--pesticide use." Gift reluctantly uses Roundup to eradicate a patch of poison ivy, seeing no other means of its removal that won't subject someone to its rashy wrath.
Similarly, it is unlawful to subject someone to harassment because of their religion or belief, harassment being unwanted conduct which violates a person's dignity or creates an intimidating hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.
"Under the legislation it is unlawful to directly or indirectly discriminate, or subject someone to harassment or victimisation on the grounds of religion or belief.
``There have been times when we felt we needed a quickbowler,but they were reluctant to subject someone to 18 months non-stop cricket.
As The Post says, if it would be unconstitutional to subject someone to a background check to give a political speech, then why wouldn't it be similarly unconstitutional to subject someone to a background check before buying a gun?