arm-twisting

or arm·twist·ing

[ahrm-twis-ting]

noun

the use of threat, coercion, or other forms of pressure and persuasion to achieve one's purpose: It took a lot of arm-twisting but he finally agreed to work this weekend.

Origin of arm-twisting

First recorded in 1945–50

arm-twist

[ahrm-twist]

verb (used with object)

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

Origin of arm-twist

back formation from arm-twisting
Related formsarm-twist·er, noun
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  • Dare say he deserved what Dreer was giving him, although I don't believe in arm-twisting.

    Left Tackle Thayer

    Ralph Henry Barbour