Definition of arm-twisting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈärmˌtwistiNG/


Persuasion by the use of physical force or moral pressure: eight years of arguing and diplomatic arm-twisting
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  • Ultimately, despite aggressive administration and business arm-twisting, both houses of Congress voted to block the new rule.
  • Any arm-twisting or gentle persuasion presumably took place in corridor huddles or late-night conversations.
  • Paul Brown Stadium opened in 2000 after years of friendly persuasion and arm-twisting.



Example sentences
  • We'll revise Government guidance which arm-twists councils into unwise speed bump schemes.
  • First Roosevelt demanded that Japan quit Indo-China, where the local Vichy-inclined administration had been arm-twisted into a quasi-alliance with Japan, then that Japan vacate China, both on threat of a US oil cut-off.
  • His only ally was his younger protégé, Vice President Dick Cheney, who arm-twisted the Bush camp to give Rumsfeld the job of Defense Secretary.

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Syllabification: arm-twist·ing

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