by force


: using physical power
He took the purse from her by force.

Examples of by force in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stewart shared several more examples of America’s response to the Russia-Ukraine war versus Israel-Hamas war, including attacks on the free press and taking another country’s territory by force. Michaela Zee, Variety, 9 Apr. 2024 Some were thrown into isis’s orbit by force: Yazidis enslaved by commanders, teen-age girls married off by their families. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Meanwhile, Reddit staffers restored access to more pages, often by force. Paresh Dave, WIRED, 14 Mar. 2024 The map is a clickable scattering of dead shoemakers, Welshmen felled by arrows, and one case of a guy trying to join a choir, by force, after midnight, with a sword and being struck with a sparth, or battle-axe. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2024 China’s Communist Party claims the island as its own, despite never having controlled it, and has vowed to take it, by force if necessary. Simone McCarthy, CNN, 10 Mar. 2024 To effectively solve the 3,000 problem, Israel needs, at minimum, to kill or capture those who ordered or took part in the attack and to secure the release of the hostages, either by force or through negotiation. Raphael S. Cohen, Foreign Affairs, 16 Feb. 2024 The suspect was arrested in the unincorporated community of Rescue in El Dorado County on Thursday and was booked into jail on suspicion of charges including two counts of lewd and lascivious with a child under 14 years old by force or fear, the Sheriff’s Office said. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 1 Mar. 2024 Multiple police departments started a manhunt Friday night for a Milwaukee man who suspected of stealing a car by force in Caledonia and leading authorities on a chase with a baby in the vehicle. Frank Vaisvilas, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024

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“By force.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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