bend to the will of (someone)


: to do what is demanded by (one who is stronger, in authority, or influential)
a politician accused of bending to the will of wealthy supporters

Examples of bend to the will of (someone) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a district scale, the talent levels of the Frisco teams’ can bend to the will of population growth and rezoning. Dallas News, 12 Dec. 2022 Some people applauded the fact that the city would not have to bend to the will of Mr. Bezos. New York Times, 7 July 2022 The once-dominant, once-majority party then collapses and, with time, is forced to bend to the will of the dominant new idea. Ed Burmila, The New Republic, 15 June 2022 One official’s refusal to bend to the will of Donald Trump headed off what would have been the most dramatic media scandal of his presidency. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2021

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“Bend to the will of (someone).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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