- to solicit or borrow money from: She put the arm on me for a generous contribution.
- to use force or violence on; use strong-arm tactics on: If they don't cooperate, put the arm on them.
Origin of arm1
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to carry weapons.
- to serve as a member of the military or of contending forces: His religious convictions kept him from bearing arms, but he served as an ambulance driver with the Red Cross.
Origin of arm2
Synonyms for arm
Antonyms for arm
Origin of Ar.M.
Related Words for armrod, wing, branch, division, force, power, affiliate, load, protect, prepare, supply, provide, strengthen, fortify, mobilize, handle, stump, projection, bough, bow
Examples from the Web for arm
Contemporary Examples of arm
At St. Barnabas Hospital, Pellerano was listed in stable condition with wounds to his chest and arm.
The big slug happened to hit the suspect in the street, passing through his arm and then striking Police Officer Andrew Dossi.
Dossi initially was listed in critical condition with wounds to his arm and lower back.
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Historical Examples of arm
His arm was about her waist, and hers rested on his shoulder.
Suddenly Eucoline touched my arm with a quick and timid motion.
She arose, gently placed his arm on the couch, and looked upon his face.
Each instinctively touched the other's arm, as a signal for silence.
For an hour he watched her, feeling the arm on which she lay growing numb.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
- the corresponding limb of any other vertebrate
- an armlike appendage of some invertebrates
Word Origin for arm
- to activate (a fuse) so that it will explode at the required time
- to prepare (an explosive device) for use by introducing a fuse or detonator
Word Origin for arm
"upper limb," Old English earm "arm," from Proto-Germanic *armaz (cf. Old Saxon, Danish, Swedish, Middle Dutch, German arm, Old Norse armr, Old Frisian erm), from PIE root *ar- "fit, join" (cf. Sanskrit irmah "arm," Armenian armukn "elbow," Old Prussian irmo "arm," Greek arthron "a joint," Latin armus "shoulder"). Arm of the sea was in Old English. Arm-twister "powerful persuader" is from 1938. Arm-wrestling is from 1899.
They wenten arme in arme yfere Into the gardyn [Chaucer]
"weapon," c.1300, armes (plural) "weapons of a warrior," from Old French armes (plural), "arms, war, warfare," mid-13c., from Latin arma "weapons" (including armor), literally "tools, implements (of war)," from PIE root *ar- "fit, join" (see arm (n.1)). The notion seems to be "that which is fitted together." Meaning "heraldic insignia" (in coat of arms, etc.) is early 14c.; originally they were borne on shields of fully armed knights or barons.
In addition to the idioms beginning with arm
- arm and a leg
- armed to the teeth
- arm in arm
- at arm's length
- babe in arms
- forewarned is forearmed
- give one's eyeteeth (right arm)
- long arm of the law
- one-armed bandit
- put the arm on
- shot in the arm
- take up arms
- talk someone's arm off
- twist someone's arm
- up in arms
- with one arm tied behind
- with open arms