By main force

Also found in: Idioms.
Related to By main force: water main, force majeure
by mere force or sheer force; by violent effort; as, to subdue insurrection by main force.

See also: Main

References in classic literature ?
Nor was it merely the stranger who noticed this, because there was a native organization in Coketown itself, whose members were to be heard of in the House of Commons every session, indignantly petitioning for acts of parliament that should make these people religious by main force.
If I hold you by main force," she said, "you shall stop and hear me.
In sooth, the last part of the nursing depended more upon strength than skill; for it consisted chiefly of holding down the patient, by main force, to his cot.