To impose on
Impose Im*pose", v. i. To practice tricks or deception. [1913 Webster]

{To impose on} or {To impose upon}, (a) to pass or put a trick on; to delude; to cheat; to defraud. ``He imposes on himself, and mistakes words for things.'' --Locke. (b) to place an unwelcome burden or obligation on (another person); as, she imposed on her friend to drive her daughter to school. (c) to take unfair advantage of (a person, a friendship); as, he imposed on his friendship with The Mayor to gain business. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • To lay on — Lay Lay (l[=a]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Laid} (l[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Laying}.] [OE. leggen, AS. lecgan, causative, fr. licgan to lie; akin to D. leggen, G. legen, Icel. leggja, Goth. lagjan. See {Lie} to be prostrate.] 1. To cause to lie down,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To put on — Put Put, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Put}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Putting}.] [AS. potian to thrust: cf. Dan. putte to put, to put into, Fries. putje; perh. akin to W. pwtio to butt, poke, thrust; cf. also Gael. put to push, thrust, and E. potter, v. i.] 1. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To hold on — Hold Hold, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Held}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Holding}. {Holden}, p. p., is obs. in elegant writing, though still used in legal language.] [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. h[*a]lla, Goth. haldan to feed,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To impose upon — Impose Im*pose , v. i. To practice tricks or deception. [1913 Webster] {To impose on} or {To impose upon}, (a) to pass or put a trick on; to delude; to cheat; to defraud. He imposes on himself, and mistakes words for things. Locke. (b) to place… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impose on — phrasal or impose upon 1. a. : to force oneself especially obnoxiously on (others) b. obsolete : to encroach or infringe on : infringe …   Useful english dictionary

  • To lay on load — Lay Lay (l[=a]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Laid} (l[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Laying}.] [OE. leggen, AS. lecgan, causative, fr. licgan to lie; akin to D. leggen, G. legen, Icel. leggja, Goth. lagjan. See {Lie} to be prostrate.] 1. To cause to lie down,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impose on — {v.} To try to get more from (a person who is helping you) than he or she intended to give. * /Don t you think you are imposing on your neighbor when you use his telephone for half an hour?/ * /You may swim in the Allens pool so long as you do… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • impose on — {v.} To try to get more from (a person who is helping you) than he or she intended to give. * /Don t you think you are imposing on your neighbor when you use his telephone for half an hour?/ * /You may swim in the Allens pool so long as you do… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • impose\ on — v To try to get more from (a person who is helping you) than he or she intended to give. Don t you think you are imposing on your neighbor when you use his telephone for half an hour? You may swim in the Allens pool so long as you do not impose… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • impose on — (Roget s IV) , v. 1. [To disturb] Syn. intrude, interrupt, presume, inconvenience; see bother 2 , disturb 2 , meddle 1 . 2. [To deceive] Syn. trick, cheat, delude, defraud; see cheat , deceive …   English dictionary for students

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