1 [countable/uncountable] attempts to persuade, threaten, or force someone to do something
pressure for: Pressure for political change increased in the 1990s.
pressure on someone (to do something): There is now greater pressure on the White House to take action.
be/come under pressure to do something: The council is still under pressure to reduce spending.
under pressure from someone: Under pressure from France, Germany has finally dropped its proposals.
put/exert pressure on someone (to do something): He did not put any pressure on her to take the job.
bring pressure to bear on someone (to do something): Officials were bringing pressure to bear on the government to stop the war.
give in to pressure/bow to pressure (=do what someone is trying to force you to do): He would not give in to pressure from his family to come home.
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