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Post time 2006-10-3 23:18:53 |Display all floors
Reclusive North Korea said on Tuesday it would conduct its first-ever nuclear test, blaming a U.S. "threat of nuclear war and sanctions" for forcing its hand.

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Post time 2006-10-3 23:39:34 |Display all floors
force somebody's hand        to make someone do something unwillingly or earlier than they had intended:
They're reluctant to sell the house yet but the right offer could force their hand.

是由于。。的逼迫下而采取的措施


hand是手,force one's hand 就是逼迫某人的“手”去做某事,而不是直接逼迫手的主人。
也就是‘间接‘的使某人不得不(不自觉)。

区别
force somebody
force somebody's hand.

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Post time 2006-10-3 23:40:09 |Display all floors
forcing its hand = forcing/making it (Kim's regime) do what it didn't want to do
被逼才出手

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Post time 2006-10-4 01:17:25 |Display all floors
以前也有人问过。我问过一个美国人,得到了下面的回答。

As frustration with Bush`s adminstration`s cyber security bill grew on Capital Hill and Congress appeared to force its hand.
她说是国会别无选择只好让法案通过。force its hand means have no choice but do......

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