strong-arm

strong-arm

[strawng-ahrm, strong-]
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:
1820–30, Americanism

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strong-arm
 
n
1.  (modifier) relating to or involving physical force or violence: strong-arm tactics
 
vb
2.  (tr) to show violence towards

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strong-arm
"using physical force," 1897, from noun phrase (1606), from strong (adj.) + arm (n.).
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strong-arm definition


  1. tv.
    to force someone (to do something). : Spike tried to strong-arm Frank into cooperating.
  2. mod.
    forceful; by physical force. : The strong-arm approach got him nowhere.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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