Meaning of FORCE in English

FORCE

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a defence force (= group of soldiers, pilots etc trained to defend a country )

The country's defence forces are on standby in case of an attack.

air force

an act comes into force

Since the act came into force, all public buildings must have disabled access.

an enemy force (= a military group that is your enemy )

The town is occupied by enemy forces.

armed forces

be forced to admit sth

The government was forced to admit that the policy had never really worked.

be forced/driven into exile

Many of his political opponents have been forced into exile.

(by/from) force of habit (= used about a habit that is difficult to change )

I still walk by his house each day - force of habit, I suppose.

centrifugal force

centripetal force

combat troops/soldiers/forces/units

US combat troops were in the streets of the capital yesterday.

combining forces (= working together )

University zoologists and government vets are combining forces to investigate the disease.

credible threat/challenge/force etc

Can Thompson make a credible challenge for the party leadership?

deploy forces/troops/weapons etc

NATO’s decision to deploy cruise missiles

excessive force (= more violence than is necessary )

The men claim that the police officers used excessive force.

expeditionary force

explosive force

the explosive force of volcanoes

force an entry (= get into a building by breaking a door, window etc )

The church was locked, but he managed to force an entry.

force majeure

force of gravity

the force of gravity

force to be reckoned with

Barcelona will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

forced a division

MPs forced a division on the bill.

forced entry (= when someone gets into a building illegally by breaking a door, window etc )

There were no signs of a forced entry, but several paintings were missing.

forced entry

The police found no signs of forced entry.

forced labour

Two million suffered imprisonment or forced labour.

force/frighten/beat etc sb into submission

Napoleon threatened to starve the country into submission.

force/manage a smile (= smile when you do not really feel happy or friendly )

She forced a smile, but he could see disappointment in her face.

gale force (= a measurement showing that a wind is extremely strong )

The winds had increased to gale force.

gale force

blowing gale-force

gale force/hurricane force winds (= very strong )

He was buffeted by the gale force winds.

gale force/hurricane force winds (= very strong )

He was buffeted by the gale force winds.

ground forces

labour force

market forces

marshalled...forces

The general marshalled his forces for a major offensive.

massed ranks/forces

I look around me at the massed ranks of reporters.

military force

The United States is prepared to use military force to achieve its aims.

military forces (= the army, navy, or air force )

a raid by European military forces

police force

Jones joined the police force in 1983.

potent force

Advertising is a potent force in showing smoking as a socially acceptable habit.

rapid-response forces/team/unit etc

rebel forces/soldiers

serve in the army/air force/navy etc

He returned to Greece to serve in the army.

special forces

surface forces

the Navy’s surface forces

task force

a task force on health care reform

the forces of evil literary (= the people or things that increase the amount of evil in the world )

The king knew he must fight the forces of evil or his homeland would perish.

the labour force (= all the people who work in a country or for a company )

We need an educated labour force.

the laws/forces of nature

The inhabitants of the island fight a constant battle against the forces of nature.

the police force

Her son is in the police force.

the sales force (= the people who sell a company's products )

The sales force had grown from 40 to 270.

the security services/forces (= the police, army etc )

Clashes with the security forces continued.

tour de force

His speech to the Democratic Convention was a tour de force.

use force (= use violent methods )

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

armed

Extra funds were given to agricultural production, food subsidies, and housing for armed forces personnel.

They even had some control over their own finances and their own armed forces .

The conference also took charge of the security and armed forces .

The armed forces were efficient with good equipment.

The old Soviet armed forces should be split up between the new states, not consolidated under the flag of St Andrew.

They had both served in the armed forces , and Nathan had been disabled as a result.

Moreira claimed that the changes had not produced ill feeling or unrest within the armed forces .

conventional

Urging restraint in the development of conventional forces , the statement said that otherwise these could exacerbate political tensions.

Meanwhile, its conventional forces are plenty good enough to banish the nuclear option to the realm of the theoretical.

That would be much more likely if Mr Gorbachev could reduce his conventional forces and weaponry in the Warsaw Pact.

Yet our conventional forces have not made an equivalent leap into the future.

Throughout the alliance the will was lacking to create conventional forces on the scale needed to balance those of the Eastern bloc.

First, he said, the treaty on conventional forces would likely be thrown overboard.

From 1957 Macmillan and his cabinet tried to rectify this by drastic cuts to conventional forces as Britain's nuclear armoury expanded.

It is true that the paper still gave considerable emphasis to conventional forces .

driving

The basic driving forces propelling firms abroad come from managers' desires for growth, for cost reduction and for control.

Back in daylight, Vatanen has been the driving force behind the Banbury team today.

The current history line is the driving force of the payroll and is subject to very high validation checks.

Shouldn't it be the people who have as their driving force the desire to reveal truths about human life?

But is kinship really an important driving force behind cooperation in male lions?

The driving force is ensuring satisfactory business returns.

Local companies have contributed half a million pounds, but the driving force behind the festival is Thamesdown Borough Council.

Whatever the driving force , heat conservation has many advantages.

full

Brian then had to face the full force of the Sutherland-Anderson fact-finding machine on his own.

Whatever it is, it was in full force on Inauguration Day, at least on television.

It is now hoped that the full peacekeeping force will be in place by the end of the month.

Just behind was the full force of the cataract.

As soon as possible afterwards, the existing legal obligations on landlords in regard to repair and maintenance should be put into full force again.

Short of bankruptcy, business creditors can go after debtors with the full force of the law.

Hence, the investor is partially shielded from the full force of any general market decline.

Name the ethnicity, tax bracket or wardrobe, and they were there in full force .

large

Unfortunately, in 1009 a particularly large force of Scandinavians appeared.

In this play, the king and his army do battle with a larger force representing ambitious elements in the church.

Five hundred policemen in riot helmets were assigned to the march, an extraordinarily large force .

A large peacekeeping force is now being assembled, ready to move at 48 hours' notice.

And it provoked larger forces that transformed the demand for affirmative action into a demographic free-for-all.

Edward now moved north-east, but heard that Philip was at Rouen with a large force .

Being tested was: Can small units, equipped with high-tech gizmos, stop or slow down a much larger enemy force ?

military

Within the former Soviet Union there remains a large military force .

His order organized the first military ambulance task force .

The question now was whether a military task force should set sail.

Linked to this is the upkeep of military forces and armaments for domestic reasons.

On Inauguration Day, members of the military and police forces stand shoulder-to-shoulder along Pennsylvania Avenue.

nuclear

It committed the forthcoming summit to draw up a mandate for negotiations on short-range nuclear forces .

In particular they made great progress in their attempts to put electromagnetism and the weak nuclear force together within the same theoretical framework.

The theory that predicts the existence of the W and Z particles evolved largely through attempts to understand the weak nuclear force .

It was also important to demonstrate the ability of nuclear forces to ride out a surprise attack.

The talks in Geneva about intermediate-range nuclear forces have recently resumed.

peacekeeping

The United Nations has installed a peacekeeping force to maintain order until the elections in May 1993.

It is now hoped that the full peacekeeping force will be in place by the end of the month.

It would be the first major peacekeeping force deployed in the Western Hemisphere.

They signed a protocol on interim measures to establish peacekeeping forces and military observers.

They called for the removal of Eyadema, political neutrality by the army, and the creation of a special peacekeeping force .

If armed peacekeeping forces are needed at all, they are needed because they can fight.

There are some who say that we should involve peacekeeping forces right away.

political

This can be traced to two, radically different, political forces .

But this is Washington, a town where the display of a statue can summon robust political forces on both sides.

Law was a highly efficient, rather unimaginative, detailed administrator, given political force by a strong sense of partisan combativeness.

Also, the balance of political forces has resulted in the current policy compromise.

I now turn to the question of social collectivities and political forces .

We are aiming at a negotiated settlement acceptable to major political forces in our country.

They are fertile ground for the emergence of an explicitly right-wing political force .

By and large the Nonconformist churches supported the war, destroying themselves as a significant political force in the process.

potent

Evangelicalism became an especially potent force in the attack on traditional pastimes.

The alarmist tone further illustrates that even in exile, Salinas remains a potent political force here.

The feeling that Hawaii had been unlawfully possessed by the United States was still a potent force .

But religious righteousness has been a more potent force than economic despair.

The smugglers are the most potent economic forces in this area...

Alesi will be a potent force , particularly if the Michelin tyres work well in the rain.

powerful

Death is the most powerful of these forces .

Religion, combined with practical help, can be a powerful force in stabilizing a neighborhood and turning lives around.

But I think there's a more powerful force in this universe than the Prime Mover.

Computers, and the underlying communications network that supports them, have been a powerful force for such standardization.

Employers, by contrast, can call upon powerful ideological forces in our culture to legitimise their interests.

And in the long run the friendships formed in these social situations can be a powerful force in decision making.

Instantly the air of the quiet lounge seemed to stir, to gather vibrations as if his arrival ushered in a powerful force .

A nebulous collective leadership, including the chiefs of the powerful armed forces , may still be holding the balance of power.

social

One is the lack of awareness that the technological organisation is itself subject to social forces .

It seems prodigious, immense, far greater than the social forces that mold generations.

A hybrid type of society emerged, in which archaic social forces were harnessed to modern industrial techniques.

Political behaviour is not shaped exclusively by social forces .

Such killings are only the most dramatic outward manifestation of the powerful social forces that keep women trapped in dangerous situations.

However, rarely can the political, social and other forces existing in the organisation countenance such change.

special

Male speaker Yes we do teach elements of the special forces .

He refused to comment on how many other special forces soldiers were involved.

Its special force of percussive tone helps to define musical entries and mark changes of tempo.

Among them is a special riot force whose numbers may be one-third of the total.

This perhaps gives a special force to the Voltairean remark about the function of language being to conceal thought.

They called for the removal of Eyadema, political neutrality by the army, and the creation of a special peacekeeping force .

Sanitation: A special task force shall be assigned to clean up all vacant lots and trashed areas throughout the deprived areas.

Before this force of 5,000 commandos could be raised, however, Churchill's enthusiasm for special forces was tempered by reality.

■ NOUN

air

All depended on the navy and sometimes on the air force to land them at least somewhere near their target beaches.

He never met the young air force crew, never even saw them, yet he has never forgotten them either.

The air force created airborne units versed in machine-gun strafing and rocket-launching operations in support of ground troops.

An air force jet buzzed the compound to encourage him to step down.

Producer Elmo Williams hired veteran pilot Jack Canary as a technical advisor and put him in charge of assembling the film's air force .

Our air force Is good, our army is mechanized.

defence

Armed forces: No standing defence forces.

Armed forces: defence force disbanded in 1981; approximately 300 police.

An army spokesman said that the security vetting of personnel was a normal procedure in all defence forces .

MacArthur was dedicated to the extirpation of militarism and did not favour the development of defence forces .

But obvious problems will centre on the security situation, and the reconstruction of the defence forces and the economy.

When a civil conflict eventually broke out in 1991, the national defence force was unable to provide a credible response.

After working in the prison service, he joined the defence forces before becoming an intelligence agent.

government

The government forces continued with their offensive in Nyarubanga.

At that time, the government forces maintained only six military garrisons in the department.

Most of the refugees had come from the Kurgan-Tyube region, the scene of bitter fighting between pro- and anti- government forces .

Yet hardly a day goes by without more people being killed by Islamists or government forces .

Instead, they are used to secure territory captured by government forces .

The government forces concentrated their efforts on the destruction of the Mbari command post.

In September, government forces moved into Latakia, a port city where Rifaat exerts power, to confiscate a fortified compound.

They nearly captured Hargeisa, and the government forces reacted by rounding up all influential Issaqs in the town and executing them.

labor

Industrial workers formed the chief market as well as the labor force of the new industrial society.

In the 1970s as the baby boom generation entered the labor force , capital-labor ratios rose more slowly or even fell.

Many in the labor force will not be ready for full participation in fishnet organizations.

There is a labor force with all the necessary skills, and there are materials.

Simply put, the supply side of our economic security also requires a labor force .

The labor force participation rate of women increased more than 5 % between 1982 and 1993.

In 1995, they represented 46 percent of the labor force , up from 38 percent in 1972.

Nevertheless, some openings will result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force .

labour

Mr. McLeish Is the Secretary of State aware that the labour force survey was published today?

Motherhood replaced marriage as the occasion for leaving paid work and seldom marked the end of a woman's labour force membership.

Needs are always related back to capitalism's demand for the social reproduction of its labour force .

Moreover, much of the growing industrial labour force was not of urban origin.

The emphasis is on flexibility - in terms of response to the market and in terms of the labour force .

The individual and collective rights of the labour force were codified in the 1980 Workers' Statute.

The revolution of 1905 had made plain the disruptive power of the industrial labour force .

Steam-power meant a new and intense concentration of large-scale industry and of the labour force to man it.

market

Added together, market forces generate an overall result which no-one can predict.

Ultimately, unless market forces are restored, high levels of unemployment and social instability in the region should be expected.

In this area, market forces are likely to decide between the various competing standards before official bodies make up their minds.

As market forces wear down the old ways, discount ventures are catching on.

As for its chief executive's remuneration, that should be a matter for market forces .

The plain fact was that a combination of market forces and gross mismanagement had thrown Salomon Brothers into deep trouble.

The euro has provided the most convincing proof so far that political will can impose itself on market forces .

He realizes the importance of voluntary exchange and market forces in producing efficient results.

police

Mr Spicer also plans to look into ways of encouraging better communication between police forces and local authorities.

In recent years, the local police force has ballooned from two officers to 11.

The police force inherited by Nicholas was small, corrupt and ill-trained.

At the other extreme, they can not long do the job of a local police force .

It was much more segregated than the police force and people rarely served in their home area.

So why do their activities arouse deep suspicion among tax authorities and police forces ?

Mr. Lloyd Our objective is that the number of special constables should equal about 20 percent. of the regular police force .

Mr. Lloyd Of course, but decisions on the effective use of manpower are taken by the police authority and the police force .

security

They have been padlocked by owners fleeing militant kidnappings, extortions and crackdowns by the security forces .

By the end of July, 23 demonstrators had been killed and several wounded by security forces .

The figures also reveal that the security forces have lost twice as many members this year as last year.

We kept guard against the security forces and helped in the communal kitchen which was set up for the support committee.

Mr Mubarak certainly needs the loyalty of the police and security forces .

At least three other massacres by the security forces have taken place since the new government took office.

The security forces are said not to have intervened when up to 100,000 people demonstrated in Timisoara on Wednesday evening.

The government is concerned that most of the disappearances are blamed on the security forces .

task

The task force can travel quickly because it does not have to carry support material with it.

The task force chair, Robert Spitzer, was then faced with a dilemma.

The administration set up its own special task force in order to find an alternative less likely to antagonise the logging industry.

In the meantime task forces are trying to collect accurate data on actual hours worked as opposed to contracted hours.

From my work on that task force , I can tell you that this is pretty usual.

They would obtain that more readily if they were involved in some sort of community task force .

Both task forces are to present interim reports Thursday.

■ VERB

apply

This is just like the sweep stroke where we extend the reach to apply more force .

The same argument is supposed to apply now with equal force .

In order to achieve this acceleration he must apply a force much greater than the weight of his ann.

When they pushed at the end of the arm, they were applying force farther from the fulcrum.

The same argument applies with even greater force to the parliamentary candidates - Jones, Thorne, Davis and Gardner.

All, with the possible exception of employer conflicts, apply with equal force to dropout rates from public schools.

Once again Charles applied superior force , and many of the rebels immediately submitted.

If they used a shorter pencil, they had to apply more force because they were pushing closer to the fulcrum.

come

The amended procedures came into force at the start of the new session.

Dates set for town centre traffic ban Darlington's town centre traffic ban comes into force on March 29.

A ceasefire came into force late on Feb. 17 allowing Army troops to be evacuated from Adma.

The whaling nations claim that since the hunting ban came into force in 1986 some species are now flourishing.

It aroused much local opposition but the directives came into force , technically at least, from I January this year.

Both the Poll Tax and the Business rate come into force on 1st April 1990.

deploy

There was a pause in which Bandeira visibly deployed his forces .

Chiang was using his only respectable troops against Mao, who in turn deployed a force of up to 2 million men.

join

But as the repression has increased, more women have directly joined the combat forces .

Two younger sisters have also joined the force .

The rest of the family decided to join the guerrilla forces .

Harry wanted to join the air force , but his father advised against it.

They may join forces with any one of the seven regional phone companies or a long-distance carrier.

Diplomatically changing sides, they joined with forces planning rebellion.

BAe will join forces with the Far East firm to produce passenger planes for regional travel.

remain

Sun's no-clone policy still remains in force .

The leaders remain haunted by the forces of dissent they ordered the army to crush.

Within the former Soviet Union there remains a large military force .

He remains prepared to use force to do that.

Elsewhere, Islamism remains an opposition force only, and, though still potent, is losing ground.

Although its founder, Karl-Ernst Jöllenbeck died in 1991, the gallery remains a vital force under the directorship of Michael Nickel.

The ban will remain in force for 50 years unless reversed by a consensus among the Treaty's voting members.

Manufacturing remains a significant force , but with an ever-decreasing share of the workforce.

serve

But he feels they were never appreciated as much as those who served in the forces .

I have served in the armed forces .

Reagan, who had never served in the forces himself, was a soldier's president.

Radio was to serve as a massive force for political enlightenment in our democratic society.

It has never been able to serve as a unifying force and if anything has been more of a divider.

Its role is to serve as a centripetal force against the centrifugal tendencies of the ministries.

They had both served in the armed forces , and Nathan had been disabled as a result.

As well, parcels were sent regularly to local men serving in the forces .

use

The paradox of using force to overcome force is here a real contradiction.

Truman did not threaten to use force to impose his views.

The kinds of attack perpetrated by women seldom use deadly force .

According to Chung, Roh saw the president within hours and strongly recommended against using military force .

Despite Boss's success, Keith used the Quaker decision to use force as a new argument against the majority.

He was quite prepared to use force if that was necessary.

But unlike many computer-makers, Compaq makes all its sales through dealers, rather than by using its own sales force .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a spent force

But after four consecutive General Election defeats, is Labour a spent force?

Jesse Jackson, who ran for president in 1984 and 1988, is a spent force.

On the other hand, it would be a mistake to conclude that the urban-rural shift is a spent force.

They write off Ireland as a spent force, which in my experience is a foolish thing to do.

amphibious operation/force/assault

MacArthur stated that it was imperative to prevent the dispatch of an amphibious force.

Marines will be landing from several San Diego-based ships, led by the amphibious assault ships Tarawa and Peleliu.

Operation Downfall called for two amphibious assaults.

Ross previously was assigned as executive officer of the amphibious assault ship Essex.

The amphibious assault ship Peleliu will lead the ready group, which includes the Juneau and Comstock.

Two other such joint exercises, involving marine and amphibious forces, were already scheduled to start on Aug. 3.

apply force/pressure

Coach Tony Dungy, once an accomplished defensive coordinator, likes to apply pressure.

How did you apply pressure to a man you could not even find?

If you have a nose bleed, apply pressure to the nose by pinching the nostrils together for about ten minutes.

Keep a thumb lightly on the spool and apply pressure as the lure hits the water to avoid backlash.

The beauty of C4 is that you can apply pressure or heat and it will not detonate.

The chance of Damien Gould helping her seemed unlikely in the extreme, unless she could apply pressure on him.

The government is applying pressure, too.

Try to apply pressure out towards the ends of your knees.

brute force/strength

And let's not limit the language to pictures of thunder and brute strength.

But like men, chimps do not rise entirely on brute strength.

Even his strong-man routine seems devoid of any intelligence or style and focuses, instead, upon brute force and muscle.

Henry Cooper used brute strength to promote after-shave.

Teravainen belonged to the brute force school; off the tee, he was as long as anybody.

Their only ultimate recourse is to deal with each other by brute force.

Wado employs very light and fast techniques, preferring evasion to meeting brute force head on.

Was brute force and intimidation all they knew?

driving force

First, I would disagree that the Endangered Species Act is the driving force behind conservation decisions.

For the lawyer and the judge, a driving force at all times has been the avalanche of precedents.

Listening to the Finale in particular, I was struck by the lack of driving force there is behind it in this performance.

The driving force of the rain precluded conversation, sealed each of us in with his own thoughts.

The current history line is the driving force of the payroll and is subject to very high validation checks.

This possessiveness can be a driving force behind each craftsman and his task.

Was it feasible, was it remotely possible, that the mutation had some sort of driving force?

feel the force/effects/benefits etc of sth

Both say they now feel the effects of alcohol far sooner than when they smoked.

He feels the effects of the night before, of a beat struck many times last night and last year.

His body was slack, and as he grew colder and more tired, he felt the force of his will diminish.

Kodak felt the effects of the anemic retail environment in December, the worst holiday shopping season since the 1991 recession.

Southern California residents will feel the benefits of the new fuel, rather than see them.

The next hour passed amiably, by which time the two of them began to feel the effects of the day.

This force is universal, that is, every particle feels the force of gravity, according to its mass or energy.

When they speak, I feel the force of history bearing down on me.

force/ram/shove sth down sb's throat

But my brokers were complaining that I was shoving them down their throats .

His teeth were even and white, and Bernice wanted to ram them down his throat .

Jess felt like ramming it down his throat .

The agents poured pepper sauce down their nostrils, or forced water down their throats .

Torrents of lava would not tumble out to force fire down his throat , torch his tongue.

gather speed/force/momentum etc

I said as the train gathered speed.

I waited for it to gather momentum.

She lifted it over the fence and set off across the little meadow, gathering speed and thoroughly enjoying it.

The big trimotor gathered speed and roared off down the harbor for more than a mile but never got close to liftoff.

The strikes continue to gather momentum.

Then the van rolls forward, gathers speed, and drifts on by.

These Christians were slow to gather forces for a Reconquista.

Voucher trouble Shopworkers' union Usdaw has threatened to boycott the government's voucher system for asylum seekers as protests gather momentum.

magnetic/gravitational/force field

All that is left is a strong, but invisible, gravitational field .

All this occurs in magnetic fields very much above the maximum tolerated by the superconducting state.

As the star shrank, the gravitational field at the surface would become stronger and the escape velocity would increase.

At the upper critical field the magnetic field completely penetrated the sample and it reverted entirely to its normal state.

In a few rare cases, lava flows on land have taken place just as the magnetic field was undergoing a reversal.

It does raise the question of how pigeons detect the magnetic field .

The flow of a magnetic field is taken from magnetic north pole to magnetic south pole.

The radio waves, magnetic field and computer technology combine to produce vivid images of the body's soft tissue.

peacekeeping force/troops etc

A large peacekeeping force is now being assembled, ready to move at 48 hours' notice.

Because Oglala was so violent at that time, we were asked to be like a peacekeeping force.

It would be the first major peacekeeping force deployed in the Western Hemisphere.

The peacekeeping force has already been extended five times, and the deployment is now scheduled to end July 31.

They called for the removal of Eyadema, political neutrality by the army, and the creation of a special peacekeeping force.

the armed forces

A new government minister is now responsible for the armed forces.

Measures will be taken to help modernize the country's armed forces.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Barnes is a member of the St. Paul Police Force .

Centrifugal force can be greater than the force of gravity.

Her husband tried to get the children back by force .

I had to use force to get the window open.

Rebel forces are seeking to overthrow the government.

The force of public opinion stopped the highway project.

The force of the explosion shook buildings several blocks away.

the Air Force

The college must cut 10% of its teaching force for the fall semester.

the company's sales force

The police do not use force when arresting people unless it's absolutely necessary.

The use of physical force by teachers tended to promote violent behaviour by pupils.

We want to end the demonstration without force .

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

But when you get some one who can really play them, they sure are a force to be reckoned with.

Instead, there is a narrow vision of a world dominated by market forces.

Manuel Bonett, head of the armed forces.

Most market professionals agree that the tax-deferred funds are a major force behind the exponential growth in stock prices.

The United States is one of dozens of nations that provide troops for the 2, 400-member Sinai force .

They occur in areas where the Earth's crust is subjected to tensional forces, trying to pull it apart.

What a display of grandeur and sheer force of will!

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

door

At the Model school burglars ransacked the music centre after forcing open the main door .

Property was stolen from a residence entered by forcing a rear door .

The raiders smashed their way into the trailer to silence Bob's barking before forcing the shop door .

No one had forced any doors or windows, because they didn't need to, did they?

A residence was entered by forcing a front door .

He forced the door and entered the room.

hand

The fact that she was pregnant was forcing both their hands in a way which was nearly amusing.

His fingers pressed into the soft flesh of my arms as he tried to force apart my hands .

Push away the arms, forcing the hands out.

One is that weakness in the system forces their hand .

The great imperial Zanuck was not amused at Boyo Burton's refusal and tried to force his hand .

He then forced Ranulf's hand close to that of the corpse.

If that is so, markets have the potential power of forcing Mrs Thatcher's hand .

Baldwin's object was then to resolve the crisis with reasonable speed without appearing to force the hand of the King.

issue

He never tried to force the issue .

Time was getting tight on both projects, so I had to force the issue with him.

In early spring, 1861, the new Confederate government decided to force the issue .

But I was too tired now to force the issue .

Such an action will force refinancing of the issue or can even force the issuer into bankruptcy.

Many economists avoid talking about unemployment in public, adopting a rather sheepish tone when forced to confront the issue .

At a minimum, they can force the issue back on to the political agenda and make Republicans publicly address the subject again.

If you attempt to force the issue , you are told that this was another one of your dumb ideas.

pace

There will be no attempt to force the pace at the Luxembourg summit next month.

To that end, Wilkens says he might try a full-court press in the interest of forcing a faster pace .

He climbed the steep slope to the Incident Room, forcing his pace , and arrived just a little out of breath.

To force the pace now was irresponsible, and could lead to a power vacuum.

Why loot and burn when you can participate, force the pace of change?

There was an alternative view, however, that forcing the pace was necessary if real change was to be effected.

But she was not to force the pace in any way.

Boxer was forced to reduce pace at this point by the congestion of traffic in and out of the Barracks.

smile

He forced an acid smile and held up two fingers.

He forces a smile , and Beulah smiles back.

The man turned out to be Alan Stewart, the comedian, who managed to force a smile as Roy apologised.

The girls forced smiles as they had been taught, but Sandi, in revenge, also crossed her eyes.

I forced a smile and then turned and fled to my room.

I forced a smile on seeing him.

way

Do not tack too much in the early stages of the beat and do not let yourself be forced the wrong way .

Some of the rock has forced its way up into other layers like an errant thumb.

Mrs Johnstone, 35, was discovered by police who forced their way into her locked pub shortly after 11am yesterday.

We forced our way on and found suitable straps to hand on to.

Burglars strike: Intruders forced their way into a house which was being renovated.

He had forced his way into her room and cut her throat with a 12 inch knife.

In the end they opened the door and forced their way in.

Even the screeching rasp of a police hover forcing its slow way upstream can scarcely cut the din.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a spent force

But after four consecutive General Election defeats, is Labour a spent force?

Jesse Jackson, who ran for president in 1984 and 1988, is a spent force.

On the other hand, it would be a mistake to conclude that the urban-rural shift is a spent force.

They write off Ireland as a spent force, which in my experience is a foolish thing to do.

amphibious operation/force/assault

MacArthur stated that it was imperative to prevent the dispatch of an amphibious force.

Marines will be landing from several San Diego-based ships, led by the amphibious assault ships Tarawa and Peleliu.

Operation Downfall called for two amphibious assaults.

Ross previously was assigned as executive officer of the amphibious assault ship Essex.

The amphibious assault ship Peleliu will lead the ready group, which includes the Juneau and Comstock.

Two other such joint exercises, involving marine and amphibious forces, were already scheduled to start on Aug. 3.

brute force/strength

And let's not limit the language to pictures of thunder and brute strength.

But like men, chimps do not rise entirely on brute strength.

Even his strong-man routine seems devoid of any intelligence or style and focuses, instead, upon brute force and muscle.

Henry Cooper used brute strength to promote after-shave.

Teravainen belonged to the brute force school; off the tee, he was as long as anybody.

Their only ultimate recourse is to deal with each other by brute force.

Wado employs very light and fast techniques, preferring evasion to meeting brute force head on.

Was brute force and intimidation all they knew?

driving force

First, I would disagree that the Endangered Species Act is the driving force behind conservation decisions.

For the lawyer and the judge, a driving force at all times has been the avalanche of precedents.

Listening to the Finale in particular, I was struck by the lack of driving force there is behind it in this performance.

The driving force of the rain precluded conversation, sealed each of us in with his own thoughts.

The current history line is the driving force of the payroll and is subject to very high validation checks.

This possessiveness can be a driving force behind each craftsman and his task.

Was it feasible, was it remotely possible, that the mutation had some sort of driving force?

force the pace

But she was not to force the pace in any way.

Perhaps I tried to force the pace .

So, in the summer of 1959, without abandoning association, de Gaulle decided to force the pace of his policy.

The Care in the Community initiative in 1981 attempted to force the pace .

There was an alternative view, however, that forcing the pace was necessary if real change was to be effected.

There will be no attempt to force the pace at the Luxembourg summit next month.

To force the pace now was irresponsible, and could lead to a power vacuum.

Why loot and burn when you can participate, force the pace of change?

force/ram/shove sth down sb's throat

But my brokers were complaining that I was shoving them down their throats .

His teeth were even and white, and Bernice wanted to ram them down his throat .

Jess felt like ramming it down his throat .

The agents poured pepper sauce down their nostrils, or forced water down their throats .

Torrents of lava would not tumble out to force fire down his throat , torch his tongue.

magnetic/gravitational/force field

All that is left is a strong, but invisible, gravitational field .

All this occurs in magnetic fields very much above the maximum tolerated by the superconducting state.

As the star shrank, the gravitational field at the surface would become stronger and the escape velocity would increase.

At the upper critical field the magnetic field completely penetrated the sample and it reverted entirely to its normal state.

In a few rare cases, lava flows on land have taken place just as the magnetic field was undergoing a reversal.

It does raise the question of how pigeons detect the magnetic field .

The flow of a magnetic field is taken from magnetic north pole to magnetic south pole.

The radio waves, magnetic field and computer technology combine to produce vivid images of the body's soft tissue.

peacekeeping force/troops etc

A large peacekeeping force is now being assembled, ready to move at 48 hours' notice.

Because Oglala was so violent at that time, we were asked to be like a peacekeeping force.

It would be the first major peacekeeping force deployed in the Western Hemisphere.

The peacekeeping force has already been extended five times, and the deployment is now scheduled to end July 31.

They called for the removal of Eyadema, political neutrality by the army, and the creation of a special peacekeeping force.

put/force sb on the defensive

Motta always put him on the defensive .

Simple as sneezing to put him on the defensive .

The Conservative achievement in the 1980s was to put Labour on the defensive by presenting Thatcherism as a continuation of historic Conservatism.

The Sangh has put Congress on the defensive by forcing it to dilute its secular tradition.

These two seemed friendly enough, but their questions about Sweetheart put him on the defensive .

This established licensing hours for the first time, and put brewers on the defensive .

This puts people on the defensive , and they may become silent or get angry.

You guys being a little bit aggressive at the beginning put him on the defensive .

the armed forces

A new government minister is now responsible for the armed forces.

Measures will be taken to help modernize the country's armed forces.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

All the hostages were forced to hand over their passports.

Eddie feels that he was forced out of his job in order to make way for a younger man.

Firefighters had to force the lock.

Her parents are trying to force her into marrying a man she hardly knows.

Here, girls are often forced into prostitution because they have no other means of earning money.

I finally managed to force the package through the small letterbox.

I had never thought of buying an insurance policy, and I wasn't going to be forced into it by some young salesman.

If you don't comply I'm afraid we'll have to force you.

She claimed was forced to take part in the robbery by her husband.

She tried to force her feet into the shoes but they were too small.

Some idiot forced Laura off the road yesterday.

The economy has forced a lot of companies out of business.

They had so little money that they were forced to sell the farm.

They were halfway up the mountain, when the weather became so bad that they were forced to turn back.

Thieves had tied him up and forced him to lie on the floor.

Women's organizations are trying to force the government to appoint more women to senior positions.

You don't have to come if you don't want to. Nobody's forcing you.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

And to know these, the artist cannot force his own intentions upon nature.

If forced to resign, get a good book deal.

In theory, the power crisis could force the state to work together more.

It infected his spine and forced him to spend months in bed.

Often they were forced to leap blindly into ravines five or ten feet deep.

The Master tried both persuasion and threats but ... was compelled at length to send for a constable and resort to force .

To round off his day of despair Button was forced to retire with an exhaust failure six laps from home.

When the information was slow in coming, the announcers were forced to use their imaginations to fill in the details.

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