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arm-twisting

The act of pressuring or forcing someone into doing something. Oh, she immediately agreed to come tonight—I didn't even have to resort to arm-twisting. They had to use arm-twisting to convince me to start volunteering, but when I finally did, I realized how much I loved it.

arm-twisting

n. powerful persuasion. If nice talk won’t work, try a little arm-twisting.
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After some "arm twisting," Bob agreed to run some flattering letters, which he wouldn't do in our earlier issues.
He really seems to come alive when detailing all the arm twisting and deal making behind various pieces of legislation.
After a bit of arm twisting from Lord Butler, he has admitted he got it all wrong.
I HAVE followed the deba te over tuition fees very closely over recent months,and as I watched the final 24 hours it struck me that among the arm twisting by whips, deals betw een Ministers and potential rebels,and no doubt much more that we will never hear ab out, the one voice that did not feature was that of the ordinary person -the voters who put these people into office in the first place.
Economic arm twisting could result in three major developments: Japan may suffer a severe economic crisis for a short time, it may concentrate harder on developing its trade with the Asia-Pacific region and the US business community may suffer serious economic damage.
``It took much arm twisting to persuade the Government to subsidise a collection scheme and the Treasury will be delighted if farmers decide that they want to meet the full costs of disposal on an individual basis.''