bend someone to your will

bend someone to your will
formal
to use your power or influence to make someone do what you want them to do

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  • bend over backwards — to try very hard. We want your business and will bend over backwards to keep it. Usage notes: usually used to describe efforts to help or please someone Related vocabulary: fall all over yourself to do something …   New idioms dictionary

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