force someone's hand

force someone's hand make someone do something.
Main Entry: force

English terms dictionary. 2015.

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  • force someone's hand — To compel someone • • • Main Entry: ↑hand * * * force someone’s hand phrase to make someone do something that they did not want to do, or to make them do something sooner than they intended to do it Thesaurus: to nag or force someone to do… …   Useful english dictionary

  • force someone's hand — force (someone s) hand to make someone do something before they are ready. Information dug up in the investigation forced the president s hand, and he resigned much sooner than anyone expected …   New idioms dictionary

  • force someone's hand —    If you force someone s hand, you make them do something unwillingly or sooner than planned.     The interviewer forced Brad s hand and made him reveal his relocation plans …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • force someone's hand — idi force someone s hand, to compel a person to do or disclose something before he or she is ready to do so …   From formal English to slang

  • force someone's hand — make someone do something. → force …   English new terms dictionary

  • force someone's hand — to make someone do something that they did not want to do, or to make them do something sooner than they intended to do it …   English dictionary

  • force someone's hand — verb Bring about a situation which necessitates an agent to act, often causing a plan to be executed prematurely …   Wiktionary

  • force sb's hand — ► to make someone do something they do not want to do or do something sooner than they had intended: »The changing dynamics of the diamond business are beginning to force the company s hand. Main Entry: ↑force …   Financial and business terms

  • force one's hand — make someone do something sooner than planned I forced his hand and he told me what he planned to do about the new contract for our company …   Idioms and examples

  • hand — [hand] n. [ME < OE, akin to Goth handus < base of hinthan, to seize (hence, basic sense “grasper”) < ? IE base * kent , ? to seize] I 1. the part of the human body attached to the end of the forearm, including the wrist, palm, fingers,… …   English World dictionary

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