Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Using physical force or coercion: strong-arm tactics.
  • transitive v. To use physical force or coercion against.
  • transitive v. To rob by force.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Bullying; extortionate.
  • adj. Coercive, employing force.
  • v. To bully; to intimidate.
  • v. To coerce, to muscle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. use physical force against
  • adj. impelled by physical force especially against resistance
  • v. handle roughly
  • v. be bossy towards

Etymologies

strong + arm (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ms. MacKinnon deploys the phrase "digital bonapartism" to describe the policy of strong-arm leaders who use the Internet to seek legitimacy, for instance by crowdsourcing input on new laws or using pro-government bloggers to slur out-of-favor officials.

    Handmaidens to Censorship

  • Although the offer is being depicted as voluntary, euro-zone bond markets could still be unsettled if a large proportion of investors reject the offer and Greece is forced to strong-arm them into the deal.

    Greece Passes Sweeping Cuts

  • Teamsters President Jim Hoffa said Republicans' fines amounted to "strong-arm" tactics, and predicted a "tremendous backlash" from constituents if the bill is signed into law.

    Indiana Right-to-Work Bill Advances

  • A similar adjusted and rationalized morality has allowed bribery, drugs, gambling, strong-arm tactics, cheating, stealing, and lies to become a large part of the world of sports.

    Tom Gerdy: The Death of the Student Athlete

  • Bribery, drugs, gambling, strong-arm tactics, cheating, stealing, and lies make for a full day in the life of a gang or organized crime member.

    Tom Gerdy: The Death of the Student Athlete

  • Bribery, gambling, and other strong-arm tactics make for a full day in the life of a gang member.

    Tom Gerdy: The Death of the Student Athlete

  • It could have been the strong-arm tactics Danny used in his labor consulting firm.

    Kill the Irishman

  • Scalish also ran Buckeye Cigarette Company, known for its strong-arm tactics, with partners Frank Embrescia and Milton “Maishe” Rockman.

    Kill the Irishman

  • The On Lee Ong, an additional N.Y. threesome organisation has a Ghost Shadows as their strong-arm unit.

    Batin Itam: The Li Blood Line

  • In certain important ways, it's not a question of "someday" -- some of our hedge funds and banks, which strong-arm debtors like Rice with threats of foreclosure, are already there.

    The New Tax Man From Ancient Rome

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