arm-twister

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arm-twister

One who pressures or forces someone into doing something. Oh, she immediately agreed to come tonight—I didn't even have to be an arm-twister. They had to be arm-twisters to convince me to start volunteering, but when I finally did, I realized how much I loved it.

arm-twister

n. someone who uses strong persuasion. I hate to seem like an arm-twister, but I really need your help on this project.
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not just some schmuck in the donkey party: He is President Barack Obama's former chief of staff, the congressional leader behind the Democrats' 2006 House takeover, a Clinton administration arm twister so feared that he is still known by his '90s nickname, Rahmbo.
Therefore, the MQM found it appropriate to vent their grievances on a non-issue and use it as an arm twister for the real one.
Arm twister: Billy Reid has persuaded his young side that they are more than a match for more experienced opposition in the top flight; Kids club: Coisty (left) is a fan of Hamilton youngsters McCarthy (far left) and Easton and McArthur (below) and has high hopes for Fleck (right)
Others claim that the press was soft on the likeable arm twister. The press forced Humphrey and Coleman to issue detailed tax and budget proposals, but "we didn't demand that of Ventura," says Steven Dornfeld, Pioneer Press associate editorial page editor.
Riley is not an arm twister. He tweaks people's consciences.
But often in history, whips have played the bad cops and arm twisters among party leaders.
The bill was heavily promoted by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who received help from his chief arm twisters, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).