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torment (one) into (doing something)

1. To pester, harass, or aggravate one until they agree or submit to doing something. My older brother tormented me into investing in his startup company, even though I knew it was a bad idea. The children just complained and complained until they finally tormented their mother into buying them ice cream.
2. To force, compel, or coerce one into doing something through the use of violence, intimidation, or abuse. It has come to light that the corrupt police officer had tormented dozens of suspects into giving self-incriminating evidence or even downright confessions over the years. The autocracy has begun tormenting its citizens into complying with its authoritarian methods.
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torment someone into doing something

to force someone to agree to do something through threats or maltreatment. You can't torment me into doing something I don't want to do! Alice was tormented into going on the picnic.
See also: torment
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
'to torment' and 'to instruct' might sometimes be used as synonymous words."
But historians are not accountable for the difficulty of learning to read; and even you yourself, who do not altogether seem particularly friendly to very severe, very intense application, may perhaps be brought to acknowledge that it is very well worth-while to be tormented for two or three years of one's life, for the sake of being able to read all the rest of it.
The result was a fight in which Thomas got the worst, but, he had shown his fellows what he could do, he was tormented no longer.
"I think I've hearn tell o' the Lord, and the judgment and torment. I've heard o' that."
I'd rather go to torment, and get away from Mas'r and Missis.
Now I took my hand from the flame, and for awhile the torment left me.
These are the marks of the fire in Chaka's hut--the fire that kissed me many, many years ago; I have had but little use of that hand since this night of torment. But my right arm yet remained to me, my father, and, ah!
Tormented, incited to hate, he was kept a prisoner so that there was no way of satisfying that hate except at the times his master saw fit to put another dog against him.
Losing a loved one was bad enough but the torment was made all the worse because the killer refused to say where Helen's body was.
A man convicted of sexually abusing a minor, who was released early from prison in September last year by presidential pardon continues to torment the family of his victim, it emerged on Tuesday.
Later, Mick is horrified when Fraser continues to torment him.
After working with a VR avatar that "mirrored the behaviour of this demon", he credited the programme with diminishing his torment sufficiently for him to return to work and to a social life.
The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.
Yacht Club Games has officially released "Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment" on PC.