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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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Many of us read the gunslinging, double-crossing, strong-armed tales of Chester B.
Role: One news report said President Clinton "strong-armed" Yasir Arafat and Ehud Barak to agree to a cease-fire.
Along the way, Starr badgered, threatened, and strong-armed a series of witnesses, many of whom ran up crushing legal bills and had their lives turned upside down for no good reason.
We now have a political process where millions of dollars are solicited and called "soft money." There is nothing soft about being strong-armed for a dollar.
According to the latest Israeli-Palestinian agreement, strong-armed by U.S.
It's basically a hate-sheet, filled with diatribes about how the Jews have somehow strong-armed several continents' worth of scholars, historians, and journalists.
Tommy Crossan, 44, was shot seven times after being strong-armed into a fuel depot in West Belfast.
Big-hitting Chris, 11, has won the U11 Batting Prize, while his strong-armed brother, 9, scooped the U11 and U9 bowling prize in the Huddersfield League for last season.
The strong-armed raiders stole 50 wooden railway sleepers fitted with special compressed air units.
The mobile, strong-armed passer was brilliant as the Falcons beat Carolina in overtime three weeks ago, but was feeling the effects of his sore leg when the Falcons, under the caretaker management of Wade Phillips, were thrashed 38-7 by Indianapolis.
But this victory was owed primarily to the fantastic and awesome forwards who strong-armed their rivals into submission.
The United States has strong-armed Aristide into maintaining the very military structure that terrorized Haiti for so long.
What is even more despicable is that the board had to be strong-armed into handing over the details.