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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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.).
Greenberg returns the favor; he was one of Beijing's most vigorous and influential arm twisters in Congress for Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status And he is now leading the charge for China's membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO).