force the issue

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Definition of force the issue

: to force someone to do something or to make a decision about something They would never have addressed the problem if that newspaper article hadn't forced the issue.

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“Force the issue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/force%20the%20issue. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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