strong-arm

[ strawng-ahrm, strong- ]
/ ˈstrɔŋˌɑrm, ˈstrɒŋ- /

adjective

using, involving, or threatening the use of physical force or violence to gain an objective: strong-arm methods.

verb (used with object)

to use violent methods upon; assault.
to rob by force.
to coerce by threats or intimidation; bully: They strong-armed me into voting for the plan.

Origin of strong-arm

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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British Dictionary definitions for strong-arm

strong-arm

/ informal /

noun

(modifier) relating to or involving physical force or violencestrong-arm tactics

verb

(tr) to show violence towards
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Word Origin and History for strong-arm

strong-arm


adj.

"using physical force," 1897, from noun phrase (c.1600), from strong (adj.) + arm (n.).

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