strong-arm

adjective
\ ˈstrȯŋ-ˈärm How to pronounce strong-arm (audio) \

Definition of strong-arm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having or using undue force

strong-arm

verb
strong-armed; strong-arming; strong-arms

Definition of strong-arm (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to use force on : assault
2 : to rob by force

First Known Use of strong-arm

Adjective

1897, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of strong-arm was in 1897

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“Strong-arm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strong-arm. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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strong-arm

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of strong-arm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

strong-arm

verb

English Language Learners Definition of strong-arm (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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