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strong-arm

[strawng-ahrm, strong-] /ˈstrɔŋˌɑrm, ˈstrɒŋ-/
adjective
1.
using, involving, or threatening the use of physical force or violence to gain an objective:
strong-arm methods.
verb (used with object)
2.
to use violent methods upon; assault.
3.
to rob by force.
4.
to coerce by threats or intimidation; bully:
They strong-armed me into voting for the plan.
Origin of strong-arm
1820-1830
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30
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  • Mutineers, convicts, strong-arm men, thieves—or just simply pirates.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • You try any strong-arm stuff on me and I'll scream for help!

  • For them, the strict letter of the law, backed up by a strong-arm squad, is the only controlling influence that they recognize.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • Mebbe you spent it like a gent fer booze, mebbe you was foolish and went to some strong-arm shack and got rolled.

  • The rest is likely to entail a considerable amount of strong-arm work, and I'd rather not have you around.

    On Secret Service William Nelson Taft
British Dictionary definitions for strong-arm

strong-arm

noun
1.
(modifier) relating to or involving physical force or violence: strong-arm tactics
verb
2.
(transitive) to show violence towards
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Word Origin and History for strong-arm
adj.

"using physical force," 1897, from noun phrase (c.1600), from strong (adj.) + arm (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for strong-arm

strong-arm

modifier

Using threats of violence; physically brutal: strong-arm work around election time/ We reprehended his strong-arm tactics (1901+)

verb

To use force and intimidation: We can't strong-arm them into voting our way (1903+)

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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