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I can't find one anywhere and can't think of one either, but this is a clever group and maybe someone has a synonym for force-feed, in the sense not of forcible indoctrination, but physically forcing someone to eat something.

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gavage (noun)
the administration of food or drugs by force, especially to an animal, typically through a tube leading down the throat to the stomach.

(New Oxford American Dictionary)

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Oh fantastic! I will accept in a couple of minutes. Thank you so much! :) –  Jan F. Jun 13 '11 at 16:06
    
Yuck! (or 'excellent!' if you're passed out in the hospital) –  Mitch Jun 13 '11 at 16:54
    
I noticed this is from the French, gaver, "to force-feed." Is there an equivalent verb form in English? –  Callithumpian Jun 13 '11 at 19:52
    
I'm quite partial to gavage. It just has that je ne c'est quoi. –  jyc23 Jun 14 '11 at 4:17
    
+1, extremely nice word. Could we possibly add in a guide on the pronunciation? –  Joseph Weissman Jun 21 '11 at 22:22

You could use the verb cram, which in addition to its more common meanings is used to describe the process of force-feeding Geese to produce Foie Gras (Source: FAO).

(A horrible thing to do to an animal, I think, so maybe it would generally have a negative connotation when used in the sense of force-feeding.)

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