Definition of force someone's hand
- She'd intended to postpone her decision, but events forced her hand.
: strength or energy exerted or brought to bear : cause of motion or change : active power
used with a number to indicate the strength of the wind according to the Beaufort scale
: moral or mental strength
: to do violence to
: to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means
: to make or cause especially through natural or logical necessity
: some person : somebody
: the forelimb segment (such as the terminal section of a bird's wing) of a vertebrate higher than the fishes that corresponds to the hand irrespective of its form or functional specialization
: a part serving the function of or resembling a hand: such as
: with the hands rather than by machine
: to touch or manage with the hands
: to lead, guide, or assist with the hand
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