arm-twister

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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When it comes to AO business, make no mistake--Heidi does the majority ob the work, but the President is often a last-minute arm-twister and/or cheerleader.
Golden also played the role of auctioneer and good-humored arm-twister for the day's culminating feature, an auction of donated goods and services and raffle items.
For the last few years there has been a persistent background noise at ascot - the sound of the late Bernard, Duke of Norfolk, spinning in his grave at the presence of all these foreign challengers lured to the inimitable occasion by Nick smith, the course's international arm-twister in chief.
role should be as an honest broker, not as a backstage arm-twister of Mr.
Indzhev was fired shortly afterwards in a move that he says was orchestrated by the president, who was in his words "an arm-twister".
Grattan Kerans, D-Eugene, who was then the chief arm-twister and whip in the House.
An accomplished arm-twister, he used his charm to persuade the great and the good to do their bit for his many causes.
ARM-TWISTER: The fighters get caught up in the heat of battle during last night's tile stormer
The late Swifty Lazar, famous arm-twister of A-list celebrities, made this a hot venue.
And that is why its supporters in the United States, whose notoriety as arm-twisters with muscle in Congress is well-known, have come out swinging.
In a keynote speech, she will say: "Michael Gove's gang of arm-twisters are travelling the country using threats to get primary schools to convert."
I am also the ultimate of friendly arm-twisters. There was a promise of first authorships to all (this was kept), as well as being part of an important study.
This is a conflict that is unlikely to be ever resolved without considerable international persuasion - and the United States should be chief among the arm-twisters. Sadly, George Bush's White House seems unable or unwilling to give any real lead.
Of his eight newest Pioneers--a corps of volunteer arm-twisters who have each raised at least $100,000--four have been implicated in serious political or financial scandals in recent years.