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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seduction, wheedle, cajole, tease, induce, entice, tempt, extort, wrest, wring, obtain, evoke, extract, sell, pull, conversion, potency, force, power, cogency
- arm and a leg,
- arm candy,
- arm in arm,
- armada chest
Origin of arm-twist
back formation from arm-twisting
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