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]
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.