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verb (used with object)
  1. Football. to push (a potential tackler) away by holding the arm out straight; stiff-arm.
  2. to force, push, or fend off by or as if by holding out a stiff arm against obstacles: He straight-armed his way into the middle of the crowded room.
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  1. Football. an act or instance of straight-arming.
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Also stiff-arm.
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Examples from the Web for straight-arm

Historical Examples

  • By-and-by these exercises will come as easy as was the straight-arm work.

    How to Get Strong and How to Stay So

    William Blaikie

  • He rushed and drove a straight-arm jab, which had it reached would have given him the purse.

  • He lunged forward as he spoke, shooting a straight-arm blow for Fyfe's face.

    Big Timber

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for straight-arm


  1. rugby (of a tackle) performed with the arm fully extended
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  1. (tr) to ward off (an opponent) with the arm outstretched
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