arm-twisting

or arm·twist·ing

[ ahrm-twis-ting ]
/ ˈɑrmˌtwɪs tɪŋ /

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.

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Origin of arm-twisting

First recorded in 1945–50

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arm-twist
[ ahrm-twist ]
/ ˈɑrmˌtwɪst /

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

OTHER WORDS FROM arm-twist

arm-twist·er, noun
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