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.
  1. Football. an act or instance of straight-arming.
Also stiff-arm. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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