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    Hi everybody,

    I wonder if you could give me an informal idiom/expression (British) used for a situation in which one does Sth against one's will (in a friendly situation)...For example, at a party where you hate the meal but you feel if you don't have it the host may get annoyed....tnx in advance...

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    Default Re: Help with this idiom please...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi everybody,

    I wonder if you could give me an informal idiom/expression (British) used for a situation in which one does Sth against one's will (in a friendly situation)...For example, at a party where you hate the meal but you feel if you don't have it the host may get annoyed....tnx in advance...
    It depends who you are talking to. What you'd say to the host is different from what you'd tell a friend later about the situation.
    I'll assume you aren't mentioning it to the host, but are just eating it; and that you talking to a friend.
    I had to it eat it, but I didn't have to enjoy (like) it.
    But you don't really need a special idiom here. It's quite normal to say something quite literal:
    I didn't want to offend her, so I ate most of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It depends who you are talking to. What you'd say to the host is different from what you'd tell a friend later about the situation.
    I'll assume you aren't mentioning it to the host, but are just eating it; and that you talking to a friend.
    I had to it eat it, but I didn't have to enjoy (like) it.
    But you don't really need a special idiom here. It's quite normal to say something quite literal:
    I didn't want to offend her, so I ate most of it.


    Dear Raymott,
    Thanks for your answer...I was actually looking for a general idiom that works for all similar situations...It seems to me there must be Sth in English to express such situation...another example is when you're asked by your girlfriend to eat out, and you do it while you're not in the right mood at all! There's this following idiom that I think is used when the other guy does Sth on purpose to make you do Sth..."To shame Sb into doing Sth"...But in my examples they're not aware of my true feelings...tnx a lot again...

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    Btw, this idiom is meant to be said at a later time and to a different person. Tnx in advance.

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    Default Re: Help with this idiom please...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi everybody,

    I wonder if you could give me an informal idiom/expression (British) used for a situation in which one does Sth against one's will (in a friendly situation)...For example, at a party where you hate the meal but you feel if you don't have it the host may get annoyed....tnx in advance...

    The only things I can think of for idioms in this situation, if you are relating the story at a later date to a third party, would be:

    "I bit my tongue and ate the food."
    "I bit the bullet and ate it anyway."
    "I ate humble pie and just ate the food."

    However, none of them are exactly ideal in that situation.

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    Default Re: Help with this idiom please...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Dear Raymott,
    Thanks for your answer...I was actually looking for a general idiom that works for all similar situations...It seems to me there must be Sth in English to express such situation...another example is when you're asked by your girlfriend to eat out, and you do it while you're not in the right mood at all! There's this following idiom that I think is used when the other guy does Sth on purpose to make you do Sth..."To shame Sb into doing Sth"...But in my examples they're not aware of my true feelings...tnx a lot again...
    I decided to go along to get along.
    ... to go along with the idea in order to get along with people ...

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