verb (used with object)

to subject to arm-twisting: The unions arm-twisted the government into negotiating by threatening widespread strikes.

Nearby words

  1. arm,
  2. arm and a leg,
  3. arm candy,
  4. arm in arm,
  5. arm's-length,
  6. arm-twisting,
  7. arm-wrestle,
  8. arm.,
  9. armada,
  10. armada chest

Origin of arm-twist

back formation from arm-twisting

Related formsarm-twist·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019