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put the arm on someone

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put the arm on someone

verb phrase

  1. To detain or arrest, esp by force: It was a signal for the waiter to hustle over and put the arm on the customer who was trying to stiff him
  2. To hit; beat up: in case a tough greengrocer tries to put the arm on you
  3. To ask for a loan; PUT THE BITE ON someone or something: writing a letter to my friend Ted without putting the arm on him for a couple of bucks (1930s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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