[ stif-ahrm ]

verb (used with object), noun

Origin of stiff-arm

First recorded in 1905–10

Words Nearby stiff-arm Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stiff-arm in a sentence

  • And so rather than make a proposal and then respond to a stiff arm with a better offer, he is refusing to negotiate with himself.

  • And tonight, when he had the opportunity, Obama gave the tough issues the stiff arm.

    Ducking the Tough Issues | Mark McKinnon | January 25, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Used to wear his blue shirt and his boots and give his damned stiff-arm salute all over the place.

    The Five Arrows | Allan Chase
  • Zack swung his stiff arm and the gambler bounced back as though he had been struck with a club.

    Bring Me His Ears | Clarence E. Mulford
  • A French soldier had crept in and raised the stiff arm of the mannikin to the salute, pushed back the hat to a rakish angle.

    They Shall Not Pass | Frank H. Simonds
  • Buck raised a stiff arm and gently drew her toward him with a wonderfully protecting movement.

    The Golden Woman | Ridgwell Cullum
  • Athalie also sat down in the stiff arm-chair by the table where her crystal stood on its tripod.

    Athalie | Robert W. Chambers