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[bih-hest] /bɪˈhɛst/
a command or directive.
an earnest or strongly worded request.
Origin of behest
before 1000; Middle English bihest(e), Old English behǣs promise. See be-, hest
1. order, bidding, decree, dictate, mandate. Unabridged
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  • But courts should not be making law at the behest of big companies.
  • In health care, research is often performed at the behest of companies that have a large financial stake in the results.
  • However, they do so at the behest of the legislature and the executive.
  • The speculators are not nationalistic or doing it at the behest of the governments.
  • In state-controlled companies, senior managers are rotated at the behest of government.
  • Yesterday, at the behest of a car importer, a judge suspended the application of the tax as it reviewed its legality.
  • The gangsters are doing this at the behest of their boss.
  • It's pointless job killing regulation put in there at the behest os special interests.
  • Cities rose from the forest floor, boasting stone temples with stuccoed and painted facades created at the behest of elite rulers.
  • To your original question, the expiration is likely at the behest of regulators.
British Dictionary definitions for behest


an authoritative order or earnest request
Word Origin
Old English behǣs, from behātan; see be-, hest
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Word Origin and History for behest

Old English behæs "a vow," perhaps from behatan "to promise" (from be- + hatan "command, call;" see cite) and confused with obsolete hest "command," which may account for the parasitic -t as well as the Middle English shift in meaning to "command, injunction" (late 12c.).

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