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: having or using undue force


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strong-armed; strong-arming; strong-arms

transitive verb

: to use force on : assault
: to rob by force

Examples of strong-arm in a Sentence

Verb developers trying to strong-arm homeowners into selling their houses at below-market prices
Recent Examples on the Web
Having fought epidemics around the world, Farrar cited examples of when strong-arm surveillance pushed outbreaks underground. Amy Maxmen | Kff Health News, ABC News, 24 May 2024 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives investigating a series of strong-arm robberies during which thousands of California Lottery Scratchers games were stolen from convenience stores caught a break last week. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2024 In December, Marrero had been charged with domestic battery by strangulation and strong-arm robbery. Grethel Aguila, Miami Herald, 17 Apr. 2024 El Salvador has seen multiple radical and often controversial reforms under the strong-arm president’s leadership. Michael Rios, CNN, 7 Apr. 2024 In the most recent legislative session, Abbott tried and failed to strong-arm Texas Republicans into passing a universal-school-voucher bill. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2024 Netflix is already trying to strong-arm customers onto its ad plan. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 24 Jan. 2024 Adil, like Salemi, delivered a message in his comments for Currey: No one will be penalized by trying to strong-arm the MDC’s professional managers into acting to provide a financial benefit to a board member, their family or a favored friend. Kevin Rennie, Hartford Courant, 13 Jan. 2024 But two of the biggest chains appear to be at odds over how they most effectively strong-arm companies like Unilever and PepsiCo into dropping prices. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 8 Jan. 2024
Don’t try and strong-arm anyone into supporting you, because that certainly won’t leave anyone impressed. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 16 Mar. 2023 On Thursday Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne invoked Article 49 of the French constitution, which enabled the Macron government to strong-arm a bill through the National Assembly without a vote. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2023 Both Sides Win In a difficult market, taking a strong-arm position may backfire. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 Government shouldn’t ban their working situation in order to empower labor organizers to strong-arm them into joining a union. The Editors, National Review, 2 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1897, in the meaning defined above


1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of strong-arm was in 1897

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“Strong-arm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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