visit (something) upon (one)

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visit (something) upon (one)

To cause or force one to undergo or experience some punishment, misfortune, or burden. Often used in passive constructions. The financial crash visited utter ruin upon the economies of countries around the world. The villagers believed a curse had been visited upon them by a traveler who had passed through a week prior.
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Spenlow, beseeching him not to visit upon her the consequences of my awful destiny.
In this he is probably disappointed, and in that case may be naturally disposed to visit upon the author or the work, the unpleasant feelings thus excited.
''Twere unjust to visit upon Mr and Mrs Boffin, a calamity which was doubtless a dispensation.' These words were rendered the more effective by a serenely heroic expression of suffering.
"Yes, my sister Bertrade whom you stole upon the highroad two days since, after murdering the knights of John de Stutevill who were fetching her home from a visit upon the Baron's daughter.
"I am sorry," Wingrave said coldly, "to inflict this visit upon you.
One of the maxims which the devil, in a late visit upon earth, left to his disciples, is, when once you are got up, to kick the stool from under you.
And I pray Nemesis not to visit upon me the words which I am going to utter.
The army commander also met with the Chief of staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, Major General Kristin Lund, who came on a farewell visit upon the end of her mission in Lebanon.
Al-Ghanim arrived in Riyadh earlier Sunday on an official visit upon an invitation by Chairman of the Saudi Shura Council Sheikh Abdullah Al-Sheikh.
The Chinese leader is in the country for a two-day state visit upon the invitation of President Rodrigo Duterte.
On September 9, Abdel Aal headed to Cyprus accompanied by a delegation for a four-day official visit upon an invitation from the Cypriot Parliament speaker.
The ministry reported that Hasanov will leave for Ankara on March 28 with an official visit upon the invitation of Turkey's Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli.
After the UAE, the King will head to Pakistan for a working visit upon an invitation by President Mamnoon Hussain.
The film "is really about the violence that we visit upon the people that we claim to love," says director John Wells.
Nujaifi was on an official visit upon invitation from Indian parliament speaker.