Football. to push (a potential tackler) away by holding the arm out straight; stiff-arm.
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.
Football. an act or instance of straight-arming.
- Also stiff-arm.
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How to use straight-arm in a sentence
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
Another clerk reached out and Rick gave him a straight arm that cleared the way long enough for a jump to the outside.The Egyptian Cat Mystery | Harold Leland Goodwin
He lunged forward as he spoke, shooting a straight-arm blow for Fyfe's face.Big Timber | Bertrand W. Sinclair
He rushed and drove a straight-arm jab, which had it reached would have given him the purse.
After that, in the general way he has of handling himself, from falling on the ball to dodging and straight arm.Football Days | William H. Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for straight-arm
rugby (of a tackle) performed with the arm fully extended
(tr) to ward off (an opponent) with the arm outstretched
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