Origin of stiff-arm
First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for stiff-arm
But you see what I mean about that stiff-arm business, don't you?
Stiff-arm your man and hold him off until you see what's doing.
Think that stiff-arm gesture and bark might have been intended to represent a rifle?Little Fuzzy
Henry Beam Piper
Shorty queried anxiously, as Smoke broke a third egg and dexterously thrust him back with a stiff-arm jolt on the breast.Smoke Bellew