twist someone's arm

Definition of twist someone's arm

  1. 1 :  to grab someone's arm and bend it in order to cause pain He twisted my arm behind my back and forced me into the car.

  2. 2 informal :  to try to force someone to do something My wife really had to twist my arm to get me to apologize to my boss.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to unite by winding

    :  to make by twisting strands together

    :  to mingle by interlacing

  1. :  an act of twisting :  the state of being twisted

    :  a dance performed with strenuous gyrations especially of the hips

    :  the spin given the ball in any of various games

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  a human upper limb

    :  the part between the shoulder and the wrist

    :  something like or corresponding to an arm: such as

  1. :  to furnish or equip with weapons

    :  to furnish with something that strengthens or protects

    :  to equip or ready for action or operation

  1. :  a means (such as a weapon) of offense or defense

    :  firearm

    :  a combat branch (as of an army)

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a trip made at another's expense

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