force one's hand
phrasal to cause one to act precipitously ; force one to reveal one's purpose or intention

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  • force one's hand — phrasal : to cause one to act precipitously his unexpected offer for the property forced my hand : force one who for diplomatic or tactical reasons is passive or noncommittal to act in a way that reveals his beliefs or purposes or intentions …   Useful english dictionary

  • force one's hand — {v. phr.} To make you do something or tell what you will do sooner than planned. * /Ben did not want to tell where he was going, but his friend forced his hand./ * /Mr. Smith planned to keep his land until prices went up, but he had so many… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • force one's hand — {v. phr.} To make you do something or tell what you will do sooner than planned. * /Ben did not want to tell where he was going, but his friend forced his hand./ * /Mr. Smith planned to keep his land until prices went up, but he had so many… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • force\ one's\ hand — v. phr. To make you do something or tell what you will do sooner than planned. Ben did not want to tell where he was going, but his friend forced his hand. Mr. Smith planned to keep his land until prices went up, but he had so many doctor bills… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • 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

  • force one's hand — make a person do something against their will …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Emperor's Hand — The Emperor s Hands, in the Extended Universe of the fictional Star Wars galaxy, were Emperor Palpatine s secret, private Force sensitive agents and assassins throughout his reign. Along with the Prophets of the Dark Side, they were considered to …   Wikipedia

  • To take one's own course — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take upon one's self — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To give one's self away — Give Give (g[i^]v), v. t. [imp. {Gave} (g[=a]v); p. p. {Given} (g[i^]v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Giving}.] [OE. given, yiven, yeven, AS. gifan, giefan; akin to D. geven, OS. ge[eth]an, OHG. geban, G. geben, Icel. gefa, Sw. gifva, Dan. give, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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