: an act or instance of warding off a person or thing by pushing with the palm of the hand with the arm fully extended from the shoulder and the elbow locked

called also stiff-arm

straight-arm verb

Examples of straight-arm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plank Tap Outs Place a mini band around your wrists and get into a straight-arm plank. Rozalynn S. Frazier, Health, 19 Apr. 2024 Try these five conditioning exercises to get closer to perfecting a chin-up: hollow position, stability ball roll-out, push-ups, straight-arm hang, and isometric hold. Jacqueline Andriakos, Health, 13 Mar. 2024 Push-Up Muscles worked: chest, core, and shoulders Start in a straight-arm plank position, your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Mallory Creveling, Health, 1 Mar. 2023 Start in a straight-arm plank, with each hand holding a dumbbell. Mallory Creveling, Health, 23 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of straight-arm was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Straight-arm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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