- 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
- 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
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Examples from the Web for arm-twisting
Enacting the landmark Civil Rights Act took a lot more than arm-twisting by Lyndon Johnson.How a Dream Became a Law: Passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964
March 31, 2014
By that measure, if Reid wants the gun bill to pass, he has some arm-twisting to do.The Gun-Control Fight Harry Reid Can’t Win
January 22, 2013
He and those like him think the time is ripe for your computer to do some arm-twisting and make us better citizens.Facebook’s Organ-Donor Option Sounds Good, but Should We Be Paranoid About Privacy?
May 2, 2012
Dare say he deserved what Dreer was giving him, although I don't believe in arm-twisting.Left Tackle Thayer
Ralph Henry Barbour