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strong-arm

1. adjective Of or relating to the use or threat of physical force, violence, or coercion. The paramilitary group became known for using strong-arm tactics to establish their authority in the war-torn region.
2. verb To coerce someone or some group to do something through physical force or violence or the threat thereof. The mob came in and strong-armed local business owners into paying protection money. The company hired security personnel to strong-arm protestors out of the drilling site.
3. verb To force someone or some group to do something by exploiting a position of power, authority, or advantage. Many believe the company is leveraging the ubiquity of their operating system in order to strong-arm customers into accepting their recent questionable business practices. The board of directors is strong-armed me out of the company because of my political beliefs.

strong-arm

1. tv. to force someone (to do something). Spike tried to strong-arm Frank into cooperating.
2. mod. forceful; by physical force. The strong-arm approach got him nowhere.
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Though such strong-arm tactics have been the norm under military dictatorships, they cannot be tolerated in a democratic dispensation.
This time they picked a married couple, a 74-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman, again using strong-arm tactics to enter a residence.
Reports spoke of MPs in tears and there were claims of strong-arm tactics by the Tories over the vote.
The Locomotives: They like to strong-arm people with their angry and hostile behavior.
a nonbank moneylender under fire for strong-arm collection practices, has agreed to pay 2.
Even those who applaud Ch[acute{a}]vez's strategy for telecommunications group CANTV--namely, freezing rates and renegotiating the 1991 privatization contract--b last Ch[acute{a}]vez's strong-arm tactics.
Soon afterward, Florida prosecutor Barry Krischer stepped in and filed three felony charges against Anthony in adult court: strong-arm robbery, extortion and petty theft.
A software package usually costs about $400; a strong-arm robbery usually yields about $50 or less for the thief.
Wade and Jordon then went to another room to strong-arm the other roommate who was home, Robert Outlaw, to get some money.
If you are in the lumber business, here is one for your strong-arm lumber politics Uncle Sam.
The task force aims to gather information on strong-arm loan collection tactics allegedly used by shoko-loan lenders, which specialize in collateral-free high-interest loans to small companies.
three miscreants--two strong-arm men and a getaway driver-tried to rob A's Fireworks stand, according to an article in The Monitor.
SLOVAKIA coach Ladislav Jurkemick believes that the intimidating atmosphere in the Slovan Stadium, the poor pitch and his team's strong-arm tactics could lead to an upset.