People have to eat will they nill they, that they may not betray themselves.
"nill ye, will ye," one-half of Scotland already give your songs to other authors.
Will he nill he, all that happens in heaven he needs must see.
As it nis good, I nill say—or sain, instead of it is not good—I will not say.
With the love that Connachar had for her, he wanted to marry Deirdre right off there and then, will she nill she marry him.
Will you nill you, the men-at-arms will follow me to victory!
He was carried—will he, nill he—in triumph toward the inn of Mrs. MacAlpine.
Whence then came I to will evil and nill good, so that I am thus justly punished?
He means to represent it as a wilful act, and of course without any mixture of nill or nolens in it.
I take not on me to say we can command the saints, and will they nill they, can draw corporal virtue from their blest remains.
Old English nylle, nelle "to be unwilling," from ne "no" (see no) + will (v.). Often paired with will; the construction in nill he, will he, once common, attested from c.1300, surviving principally in willy-nilly, which, however, reverses the usual Middle English word order. Latin expressed a similar idea in nolens volens.