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stiff-armed; stiff-arming; stiff-arms

transitive verb

: to treat with disdain or neglect : slight, snub


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Examples of stiff-arm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Musgrove came close to pulling off another round of stiff-arming disaster in the third by fighting off singles with back-to-back groundouts. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2024 Voters in the Associated Press national poll came down with a case of collective amnesia, stubbornly bear-hugging Gonzaga in the rankings while stiff-arming the Aztecs — even after San Diego State’s double-digit win at The Kennel in Spokane. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Jan. 2024 But their willingness to stiff-arm Zelensky also reflected eroding support among GOP voters for Ukraine’s battle against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2023 Six-foot-eight TE Donald Parham had the longest stiff-arm in NFL history, and caught the TD just prior to halftime. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Oct. 2023 Justin Herbert made physical plays that few quarterbacks can pull off, such as stiff-arming a 280-pound end to the turf, running away from linebackers and icing the 24-17 victory with a 51-yard strike on third-and-10 as the pocket closed on him. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2023 The Buccaneers’ offense had first and 10 from its own 33-yard line midway through the fourth quarter Sunday when Mayfield rushed right for a 5-yard gain, stiff-arming Vikings cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. in the process. Zach Mentz, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2023 In contrast to college football’s power brokers stiff-arming SDSU — nothing new; USC and UCLA decades ago opposed admitting SDSU to their conference — MLB has assisted the Padres. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Sep. 2023 On the one hand, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is a tackle-breaking monster with a lethal stiff-arm on the NFL field. Mark Inabinett |, al, 1 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1909, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stiff-arm was in 1909

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“Stiff-arm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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