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strong-arm

[strawng-ahrm, strong-] /ˈstrɔŋˌɑrm, ˈstrɒŋ-/
adjective
1.
using, involving, or threatening the use of physical force or violence to gain an objective:
strong-arm methods.
verb (used with object)
2.
to use violent methods upon; assault.
3.
to rob by force.
4.
to coerce by threats or intimidation; bully:
They strong-armed me into voting for the plan.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for strongarm

strong-arm

noun
1.
(modifier) relating to or involving physical force or violence strong-arm tactics
verb
2.
(transitive) to show violence towards
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Word Origin and History for strongarm

strong-arm

adj.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for strongarm

strong-arm

modifier

Using threats of violence; physically brutal: strong-arm work around election time/ We reprehended his strong-arm tactics (1901+)

verb

To use force and intimidation: We can't strong-arm them into voting our way (1903+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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strongarm in Technology
processor
A collaborative project between Digital Equipment Corporation and Advanced RISC Machines Ltd. (ARM) announced on 1995-02-06 licensing the ARM RISC architecture to Digital Semiconductor for the development of high-performance, low power microprocessors.
The StrongARM family of 32-bit RISC products developed under the agreement are faster versions of the existing ARM processors with a somewhat different instruction set. They are targetted at applications such as next-generation personal digital assistants with improved user interfaces and communications; interactive television and set-top products; video games and multimedia edutainment systems with realistic imaging, motion and sound; and digital imaging, including low cost digital image capture and photo-quality scanning and printing.
The StrongARM family has limited software compatibility with the ARM6, ARM7 and ARM8 families due to its separate caches for data and instructions which causes self-modifying code to fail.
The SA-110 is the first member of the family.
(1998-09-07)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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