hold a gun to head

hold a gun to head
hold a gun to (someone's) head to use threats to get what you want.

No one held a gun to her head and made her live with the guy — she made that bad decision all on her own.

Etymology: based on the literal meaning of hold a gun to somebody's head(= to point a gun at a person to show them that you will shoot them dead if they don't do what you want)

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