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


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for strong-arm

/ informal /


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


(tr) to show violence towards
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