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Duress is a situation where someone experiences unusual or excessive pressure to do something they wouldn't normally do voluntarily. It's like being pushed into making a decision that you're not comfortable with because of the intense pressure someone else is putting on you.
For example, let's say Sarah is a homeowner, and Mike wants to buy her house. Mike threatens to spread false rumors about Sarah's family if she doesn't agree to sell the house to him at a much lower price than it's worth. Feeling scared and pressured by Mike's threats, Sarah agrees to sell the house at the lower price. In this case, Sarah made the agreement under duress, as she only accepted the offer due to Mike's threatening behavior.
"Wit & Whimsy with the Dumb Ox: Unlocking Knowledge with Rhyme:"
In a world full of choices, both big and small,
Duress comes to play when there's pressure, oh gall!
When someone is pushed to do what they don't choose,
By threats or by fear, it's their freedom they lose.
Imagine poor Sarah, with a house she holds dear,
And Mike, the sly fox, brings pressure and fear.
He threatens with rumors, so Sarah gives in,
Under duress, she agrees, feeling cornered and thin.