twist someone's arm

twist someone's arm

Coerce or persuade someone, as in If you twist my arm I'll stay for another drink, or She didn't really want to go to the theater but he twisted her arm. Originally alluding to physical coercion, this term is now generally used more loosely and often jocularly. [Mid-1900s]
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twist someone's arm

If you twist someone's arm, you try hard to persuade them to do something. I had to twist their arm to get them to start working with me, but once they did, it went well from there. I didn't twist your arm to make you come. You wanted to because you sensed a story. Note: You can also talk about arm-twisting. He borrowed 70 per cent of the money from his banks, after some arm-twisting.
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twist someone's arm

persuade someone to do something that they are or are thought to be reluctant to do. informal
See also: arm, twist
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And you can totally understand why he would do it and he has a young family so you wouldn't try and twist someone's arm.
Asked what would happen if the security results were positive but one player still did not want to go, Morris replied: "One thing we don't want to do is twist someone's arm up their back.
Asked what would happen if the security results were positive, but one player still did not want to go, Morris replied: "One thing we don't want to do is twist someone's arm up their back.