1

strong–arm

play
adjective \ˈstrȯŋ-ˈärm\

Definition of strong–arm

  1. :  having or using undue force

First Known Use of strong–arm

1897


2

strong–arm

verb

Definition of strong–arm

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to use force on :  assaultb :  bully, intimidate

  3. 2 :  to rob by force

First Known Use of strong–arm

1903


STRONG–ARM Defined for English Language Learners

strong-arm

play
adjective

Definition of strong–arm for English Language Learners

  • : using force or threats to make someone do what is wanted

strong-arm

verb

Definition of strong–arm for English Language Learners

  • : to use force or threats to make (someone) do what is wanted

Learn More about strong–arm


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up strong–arm? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an incorrigible rascal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!