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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Recent Examples on the Web And even as more running backs went off the board in the fifth round, the Cowboys didn’t force the issue. Clarence E. Hill Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 Apr. 2024 The effort failed, of course, but the debt tsunami may force the issue sooner rather than later. Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 The question is whether GM Rob Pelinka is ready to make that move, or if Jeanie Buss (and her kitchen cabinet) are prepared to force the issue. Mirjam Swanson, Orange County Register, 31 Jan. 2024 But Activision Blizzard declined to voluntarily recognize the union, leading the CWA to push for an NLRB election to force the issue in the weeks before today's turnaround. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 25 Jan. 2023 In the Senate, meanwhile, Hawley is determined to force the issue, even with little support from Republicans in the chamber. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 19 Jan. 2024 This kind of effort is likely to need some kind of real-world incident to force the issue. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 Adding to the complications for the speaker is calls from his right flank to force the issue of border security as part of the spending showdown. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 Regulators unwilling to force the issue could encourage this safety-first behavior among passengers by pressuring the airline industry to offer heavy discounts on seats for younger children. Nicole Kobie, WIRED, 12 Jan. 2024

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“Force the issue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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