twist someone's arm

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Definition of twist someone's arm

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 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.

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“Twist someone's arm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twist%20someone%27s%20arm. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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