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[strawng-ahrm, strong-] /ˈstrɔŋˌɑrm, ˈstrɒŋ-/
using, involving, or threatening the use of physical force or violence to gain an objective:
strong-arm methods.
verb (used with object)
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
1820-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But strongarm lived in the age of combat when people fought animals at close range.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • strongarm cared as much for his spear as you do for your dog.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • After that strongarm broke the rope, tossed the pannier of dust from his shoulder, and lay down to sleep in the sun.

    Granny's Wonderful Chair Frances Browne
  • "We near the spot, strongarm," Gontze murmured presently, pointing to a cross hacked in the wood of a date-palm.

British Dictionary definitions for strongarm


(modifier) relating to or involving physical force or violence: strong-arm tactics
(transitive) to show violence towards
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for strongarm



"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 strongarm



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


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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strongarm in Technology

A collaborative project between Digital Equipment Corporation and Advanced RISC Machines Ltd. (ARM) announced on 1995-02-06 licensing the ARM RISC architecture to Digital Semiconductor for the development of high-performance, low power microprocessors.
The StrongARM family of 32-bit RISC products developed under the agreement are faster versions of the existing ARM processors with a somewhat different instruction set. They are targetted at applications such as next-generation personal digital assistants with improved user interfaces and communications; interactive television and set-top products; video games and multimedia edutainment systems with realistic imaging, motion and sound; and digital imaging, including low cost digital image capture and photo-quality scanning and printing.
The StrongARM family has limited software compatibility with the ARM6, ARM7 and ARM8 families due to its separate caches for data and instructions which causes self-modifying code to fail.
The SA-110 is the first member of the family.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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