arm-twisting

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
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arm-twist verb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • arm-twisting — ☆ arm twisting [ärm′twis΄tiŋ ] n. Informal the use of extreme or unethical pressure or influence in an effort to compel someone to act in a certain way arm twister n …   English World dictionary

  • arm-twisting — noun persuasion by the use of direct personal pressure some gentle arm twisting produced the desired result no amount of arm twisting will get me to agree • Hypernyms: ↑persuasion, ↑suasion * * * ˈarm twisting 7 [arm twisting] …   Useful english dictionary

  • arm-twisting — n. powerful persuasion. □ The boss is very good at arm twisting. □ If nice talk won’t work, try a little arm twisting …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • arm-twisting — /ahrm twis ting/, n. 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. [1945 50] * * * …   Universalium

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

  • arm-twisting — noun a) The use of personal pressure to persuade b) The use of political pressure to gain support …   Wiktionary

  • arm-twisting — UK / US noun [uncountable] informal an attempt to persuade, threaten, or force someone to do something that they do not want to do …   English dictionary

  • arm-twist — arm twister, n. /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] * * * …   Universalium

  • arm-twist|ing — «AHRM TWIHS tihng», noun. U.S. Informal. a compelling by influence; pressure: »After some arm twisting by fellow union leaders [he] followed suit (Time) …   Useful english dictionary

  • arm-twist — verb see arm twisting * * * arm twister, n. /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

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