put the arm/bite on somebody

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put the arm on (one)

To ask or pressure someone for a loan or donation of money. Jane's good-for-nothing brother is always comes skulking around our place every couple of weeks to put the arm on us for a few bucks. The alumni association of my old university puts the arm on me once or twice a year looking for a donation.
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put the ˈarm/ˈbite on somebody

(American English, informal) ask somebody for something, especially money: To pay for the tax reductions, the government will put the bite on smokers and motorists.
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