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twist someone's arm

Fig. to pressure someone. (Fig. on the image of hurting someone until they agree to cooperate.) I had to twist her arm a little, but she agreed. Do I have to twist your arm, or will you cooperate?
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twist (someone's) arm

To pressure or coerce: If you twist my arm, I'll stay for a second beer.
See also: arm, twist
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The future of Sudan - Africa's largest country - and its vast western province of Darfur depends on President Obama's willingness to twist arms.
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