Definition of strong-arm in English:


Syllabification: strong-arm


Using or characterized by force or violence: they were furious at what they said were government strong-arm tactics
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  • Today's unions are employing the same strong-arm tactics used to oppress the industrial work force of the 19th century.
  • Some human right organisations tried to defy the whip on September 21, but they were terrorised by the strong-arm tactics of the upper castes.
  • This is a typical example of a large company trying to use strong-arm tactics to force an asset out of the hands of an individual.
aggressive, forceful, bullying, coercive, threatening, intimidatory


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Use force or violence against: the culprit shouted before being strong-armed out of the door
More example sentences
  • We won't be strong-armed by bullies and threats.
  • He has strong-armed the media, intimidated opponents and sanctioned massive extrajudicial killings of supposed drug dealers.
  • Suppose the casino threatened to close its doors if the government strong-armed it.

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