verb (used with object), noun

Origin of stiff-arm

First recorded in 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stiff-arm

Historical Examples of stiff-arm

  • But you see what I mean about that stiff-arm business, don't you?

    Left Guard Gilbert

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Stiff-arm your man and hold him off until you see what's doing.

    Left Guard Gilbert

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • 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

    Jack London