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The use of fear as a means of convincing people to agree to, act upon, or unite behind something. The political candidate relied on alarmist tactics to win the election, giving the impression that her opponent would plunge the state into financial ruin. The dictator has always used alarmist tactics to maintain full control over his people. The union workers are now striking. Clearly, the company's alarmist tactics did not scare them into signing an unfavorable contract.
Actions or maneuvers utilizing physical intimidation or force to achieve some particular goal or end. The mafia is known for using strong-arm tactics to force local business owners into paying protection money. This government's illegal strong-arm tactics will not go unpunished by the rest of the world!
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force; the use of force. No more strong-arm tactics. You need to be more subtle. Strong-arm tactics are out. The boss says be gentle and don't hurt anybody.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
n. tactics based on the use of force. Strong-arm tactics are out. The boss says be gentle and don’t break anybody.
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