[ ahrm-twist ]
/ ˈɑrmˌtwɪst /
verb (used with object)
to subject to arm-twisting: The unions arm-twisted the government into negotiating by threatening widespread strikes.
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Origin of arm-twist
back formation from arm-twisting
Related formsarm-twist·er, noun
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