Definition of force something on/upon in US English:

force something on/upon

phrasal verb

  • Impose or press something on (a person or organization)

    ‘economic cutbacks were forced on the government’
    • ‘Most parents commit the ‘blunder’ of forcing their choice on their wards.’
    • ‘The first time I kept getting up on stage and forcing my opinion on the actors.’
    • ‘They are extremely hostile to anything conservative - and very enthusiastic about forcing their cause on others’
    • ‘We don't want their euro because it's not working in the countries it has been forced upon and it won't work here.’
    • ‘I assumed it was to stop a fascist, racist dictator from forcing his views on the people of Britain.’
    • ‘Plus I had reached a point in my life where I realized that sometimes it is just better to surrender to what is actually happening as opposed to forcing your agenda on the situation.’
    • ‘I myself do believe in the Ten Commandments, but don't believe in forcing my beliefs on those who don't.’
    • ‘But that right does not extend to forcing their views upon others and they should respect the hard-fought freedoms we have in this country.’
    • ‘After all, laws against breach of contract, theft, rape, murder, and the like also involve the defenders of those laws forcing their opinions on the rest of us.’
    • ‘I usually end up forcing my company upon others.’
    • ‘Of course, there is a great deal to be said for not forcing your beliefs on your children, but not if that leaves a moral vacuum.’
    • ‘I did what I did all the way through, not from what you read in the papers, not from what you imagine about politics or religion or forcing my beliefs on somebody else.’
    • ‘Western societies are guilty of overlooking their own discriminatory practices, while forcing their customs upon immigrants.’
    • ‘Furthermore, a referendum is nothing more than the majority forcing its view on the minority.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, he distracts from the real issues that should be debated by forcing his opinion on us as well.’
    • ‘At least this way I wont be forcing my company upon others.’
    • ‘No-one is forcing their decision on me and that's what freedom of choice in the market place of ideas is all about in the end.’
    • ‘The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa, which has discussed the issue at its board meeting, said although they agreed with the community service idea in principle, the department was forcing its proposal on them.’
    • ‘What I do think is that we should not have the federal government in a position where it is forcing its views on one side or the other.’
    • ‘I think that forcing our own notion of government into power and forcing our beliefs on these people is not what should happen.’