to force one's hand
/fˈoːɹs wˈʌnz hˈænd/
to leave someone no choice but to do something they would not do otherwise
to put the squeeze on sb
/pˌʊt ðə skwˈiːz ˌɑːn ˌɛsbˈiː/
to make someone do something by putting them under pressure, especially to get money from them
to clip one's wings
/klˈɪp wˈʌnz wˈɪŋz/
to reduce or restrain a person's freedom, influence, or authority
to have sb over a barrel
/ɡɛt ˌɛsbˈiː ˌoʊvɚɹ ɐ bˈæɹəl/
to place someone in a situation in which they have no choice but to accept one's offer or request
to crack the whip
/kɹˈæk ðə wˈɪp/
to make use of one's power or authority to force someone to work harder or behave better
to be boxed into a corner
/biː bˈɑːkst ˌɪntʊ ɐ kˈɔːɹnɚ/
to be placed in a problematic situation to which there is no favorable solution
to scrape (the bottom of) the barrel
/skɹˈeɪp ðə bˈɑːɾəm ʌv ðə bˈæɹəl/
to have no option but to make use of people or things of very poor quality
one's hands are tied
/wˈʌnz hˈændz ɑːɹ tˈaɪd/
used to say that one's freedom in action is limited by a rule or law
to go through the motions
/ɡˌoʊ θɹuː ðə mˈoʊʃənz/
to do something without real interest, feeling, or effort
the call of duty
/ðə kˈɔːl ʌv dˈuːɾi/
the feeling or belief that one must do or accomplish something
to make a virtue of necessity
/mˌeɪk ɐ vˈɜːtʃuː ʌv nəsˈɛsɪɾi/
to get an advantage from doing something that is forced upon one
one's way or the highway
/wˈʌnz wˈeɪ ɔːɹ ðə hˈaɪweɪ/
used to say that someone has two options, either accept what has been said or leave it be
ball and chain
/bˈɔːl ænd tʃˈeɪn/
something that limits or takes away one's freedom to do what one wants
marching orders
/mˈɑːɹtʃɪŋ ˈɔːɹdɚz/
a set of instructions from a person in authority concerning what one must do or how to do it
no strings attached
/nˈoʊ stɹˈɪŋz ɐtˈætʃt/
offered or provided without any hidden agendas, requirements, or consequences
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