arm-twist

verb

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/ahrm"twist'/, v.t.
to subject to arm-twisting: The unions arm-twisted the government into negotiating by threatening widespread strikes.
[back formation from ARM-TWISTING]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • arm-twisting — arm twist·ing …   English syllables

  • twist someone's arm — (informal) PRESSURIZE, coerce, force; persuade; informal lean on, bulldoze, railroad, put the screws on. → twist * * * informal persuade someone to do something that they are or might be reluctant to do * * * twist someone s arm see ↑twist …   Useful english dictionary

  • arm-twisting — noun Date: 1948 the use of direct personal pressure in order to achieve a desired end < for all the arm twisting, the…vote on the measure was unexpectedly tight Newsweek > • arm twist verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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