- using, involving, or threatening the use of physical force or violence to gain an objective: strong-arm methods.
- to use violent methods upon; assault.
- to rob by force.
- to coerce by threats or intimidation; bully: They strong-armed me into voting for the plan.
Origin of strong-arm
An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for strong-arm
While these strong-arm tactics have been criticized by some, the governor enjoys strong support from the local population.The Town Determined to Stop Putin
June 12, 2014
Jamie Dettmer recalls long lunches with the Iron Lady at the Savoy Hotel—the whisky, the flirting, and the strong-arm tactics.The Margaret Thatcher I Knew
April 9, 2013
So why does the GOP think it can strong-arm the president into compromising on entitlements without first giving in on taxes?Michael Tomasky on How Obama Shouldn’t Back Down Vs. the GOP
November 27, 2012
The government has overcharged in this case,” he said, “to strong-arm a plea from my client.Bradley Manning Awaits Army’s Decision on Whether to Court-Martial Him
December 22, 2011
But author Rula Jebreal says the strong-arm tactics cannot thwart a people committed to his ouster.Assad's Move Against Facebook
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Mutineers, convicts, strong-arm men, thieves—or just simply pirates.The Wreck of the Titan
You try any strong-arm stuff on me and I'll scream for help!Shorty McCabe on the Job
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
- (modifier) relating to or involving physical force or violencestrong-arm tactics
- (tr) to show violence towards
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Word Origin and History for strong-arm
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