One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Under the threat of.‘he ordered enterprises to fulfill contracts under penalty of strict fines’
- ‘Married women weren't even allowed to watch under penalty of death.’
- ‘Voter registrants have to check a box and sign a form under penalty of perjury that they are a U.S. citizen, of voting age, and not an ex-felon.’
- ‘There wasn't a soul in the room who would have considered such a move under penalty of death.’
- ‘In the survey, college administrators were asked to state, under penalty of perjury, whether they enrolled high-school students in the classes legally.’
- ‘If you're outside of Britain, just be thankful that you're not forced under penalty of law to finance this deeply troubled organisation's efforts to dodge reality.’
- ‘It says, ‘I hereby declare under penalty of election falsification, that the statements above are true as I verily believe.’’
- ‘Should employees then be required, under penalty of not getting any redundancy, to change from one culture of organisation to another, albeit on paper it is simply a name change?’
- ‘What whistleblower would even dare contact a journalist if he or she knew that the journalist could be compelled under penalty of jail to reveal the whistleblower's name?’
- ‘You mean the ones declared illegal by the republic under penalty of long painful death?’
- ‘Women were not allowed to take part in the ancient Games, and married women were not even allowed as spectators, under penalty of death.’
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