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[ahrm-twis-ting] /ˈɑrmˌtwɪs tɪŋ/
the use of threat, coercion, or other forms of pressure and persuasion to achieve one's purpose:
It took a lot of arm-twisting but he finally agreed to work this weekend.
Also, armtwisting.
Origin of arm-twisting


[ahrm-twist] /ˈɑrmˌtwɪst/
verb (used with object)
to subject to arm-twisting:
The unions arm-twisted the government into negotiating by threatening widespread strikes.
back formation from arm-twisting
Related forms
arm-twister, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Drug companies need little arm-twisting when it comes to investing their resources into diseases that afflict millions.
  • Amid the backslapping, delegates had plenty of time for networking and arm-twisting.
  • Yet despite such arm-twisting, customers are unlikely to bet solely on newcomers.
  • After all, if the exchange turns out to be as efficient as is claimed, suppliers should need no arm-twisting to use it.
  • The flow of credit into housing was simply too great to be explained by government arm-twisting.
  • And given how little capital it takes to persuade a politician these days, that's a lot of arm-twisting muscle.
Slang definitions & phrases for arm-twisting



Extremely strong persuasion: With some arm-twisting, she went to the party

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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