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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.
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.