put the arm on someone

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 arm on someone

AMERICAN
If you put the arm on someone, you try to force them to do what you want. I know you got Cotter to put the arm on Lillian. Women like you are not only writing checks, but you're putting the arm on other people to give as well.
See also: arm, on, put

put the arm on someone

1. tv. to demand something of someone, especially money. I know Tom wants some money. He put the arm on me, but I said no.
2. tv. to arrest someone. (Underworld.) They put the arm on Bart for pushing pills.
See also: arm, on, put