force someone's hand

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A metaphorical reference to card games.

Verb[edit]

force one’s hand (third-person singular simple present forces one’s hand, present participle forcing one’s hand, simple past and past participle forced one’s hand)

  1. (idiomatic) Bring about a situation which necessitates an agent to act, often causing a plan to be executed prematurely.

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