- to compel to take food, especially by means of a tube inserted into the throat: They force-fed the prisoners in the hunger strike.
- to compel to absorb or assimilate: The recruits were force-fed a military attitude.
Origin of force-feed
First recorded in 1905–10
- lubrication under pressure, as from a pump, used especially in internal-combustion engines.
Origin of force feed
First recorded in 1915–20
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One o' these days I'll have to force-feed you if you won't pay no mind to your own nourishment!Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung
- to force (a person or animal) to eat or swallow food
- to force (someone) to receive opinions, propaganda, etc
- a method of lubrication in which a pump forces oil into the bearings of an engine, etc
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