American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Using physical force or coercion: strong-arm tactics.
- v. To use physical force or coercion against.
- v. To rob by force.
- adj. Bullying; extortionate.
- adj. Coercive, employing force.
- v. To bully; to intimidate.
- v. To coerce, to muscle.
- v. use physical force against
- adj. impelled by physical force especially against resistance
- v. handle roughly
- v. be bossy towards
- strong + arm (Wiktionary)
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Bribery, gambling, and other strong-arm tactics make for a full day in the life of a gang member.”
“It could have been the strong-arm tactics Danny used in his labor consulting firm.”
“Scalish also ran Buckeye Cigarette Company, known for its strong-arm tactics, with partners Frank Embrescia and Milton “Maishe” Rockman.”
“The On Lee Ong, an additional N.Y. threesome organisation has a Ghost Shadows as their strong-arm unit.”
“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.”
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