- to solicit or borrow money from: She put the arm on me for a generous contribution.
- to use force or violence on; use strong-arm tactics on: If they don't cooperate, put the arm on them.
Origin of arm1
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of arm2
Synonyms for arm
Antonyms for arm
Related Words for armsordnance, artillery, equipment, panoply, munitions, accoutrements, guns, insignia, emblem, shield, coat, ensign, escutcheon, signet, heraldry, blazonry, emblazonry
Examples from the Web for arms
Contemporary Examples of arms
There are parks filled with men pushing strollers and coffee shops where fathers meet their friends, babes in arms.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
At the beginning of the video and before the call to kill police, you can hear what sounds like, “arms up, shoot back!”
Some of the slogans used that night—including “arms up, shoot back!”
With help, he got to his feet, and when she hugged him he lifted his arms slightly as if to return the hug.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Democrats are up in arms about several policy riders attached to the cromnibus.Bachmann and Pelosi vs. Boehner and Obama Over Spending Bill
December 11, 2014
Historical Examples of arms
Mrs. Bines, stooping, took the limp and wide-eyed Paul up in her arms.
The face, neck, and arms of the modest maiden were flushed with indignant crimson.
She put her arms about her neck, and affectionately inquired the cause of her distress.
It always feels like you—like your arms, Mtterchen—and I am tired.
My arms have starved for you so—do you think they're going to loosen now?
- to carry weapons
- to serve in the armed forces
- to have a coat of arms
- a position of salute in which the rifle is brought up to a position vertically in line with the body, muzzle uppermost and trigger guard to the fore
- the command for this drill
Word Origin for arms
- the corresponding limb of any other vertebrate
- an armlike appendage of some invertebrates
Word Origin for arm
- to activate (a fuse) so that it will explode at the required time
- to prepare (an explosive device) for use by introducing a fuse or detonator
Word Origin for arm
"upper limb," Old English earm "arm," from Proto-Germanic *armaz (cf. Old Saxon, Danish, Swedish, Middle Dutch, German arm, Old Norse armr, Old Frisian erm), from PIE root *ar- "fit, join" (cf. Sanskrit irmah "arm," Armenian armukn "elbow," Old Prussian irmo "arm," Greek arthron "a joint," Latin armus "shoulder"). Arm of the sea was in Old English. Arm-twister "powerful persuader" is from 1938. Arm-wrestling is from 1899.
They wenten arme in arme yfere Into the gardyn [Chaucer]
"weapon," c.1300, armes (plural) "weapons of a warrior," from Old French armes (plural), "arms, war, warfare," mid-13c., from Latin arma "weapons" (including armor), literally "tools, implements (of war)," from PIE root *ar- "fit, join" (see arm (n.1)). The notion seems to be "that which is fitted together." Meaning "heraldic insignia" (in coat of arms, etc.) is early 14c.; originally they were borne on shields of fully armed knights or barons.
In addition to the idioms beginning with arm
- arm and a leg
- armed to the teeth
- arm in arm
- at arm's length
- babe in arms
- forewarned is forearmed
- give one's eyeteeth (right arm)
- long arm of the law
- one-armed bandit
- put the arm on
- shot in the arm
- take up arms
- talk someone's arm off
- twist someone's arm
- up in arms
- with one arm tied behind
- with open arms