American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To compel to ingest food; feed forcibly, especially by mechanical means.
- v. To force to assimilate: prisoners of war being force-fed the party line.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. to feed (someone) against his will, as during a hunger strike.
- n. a method of lubricating internal combustion engines in which a pump forces oil into the engine bearings.
- n. mechanical system of lubricating internal combustion engines in which a pump forces oil into the engine bearings
- v. feed someone who will not or cannot eat
“I had to force-feed myself to get the nutrients in.”
“Most readers will be aware that "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" began its life as a tale invented to amuse the three Liddell girls during a boat trip, but it may come as a revelation—or not, depending on your taste—to hear that J.R.R. Tolkien had to force-feed his children nightly installments of "The Hobbit.”
“Don't force-feed them information and bad news or they'll be turned off by the whole idea.”
“They tie him up and blindfold him, then force-feed him an overdose of sleeping pills -- revenge, apparently, for a crime that eventually is specified.”
“Does that mean I think we should imprison people and force-feed them an all-spinach diet?”
“This healthcare plan, like everything else Obama and Pelosi are trying to force-feed us, is a gigantic failure and joke. machtim akannah”
“It is an interesting tight-rope to walk: You want to provide opportunity and encouragement, but not push or force-feed it to them.”
“I think it just depends what kind was easiest for our parents to force-feed us.”
“Washington has spent years trying to force-feed green jobs, to little good effect.”
“And finally, can government force-feed innovation?”
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