twist someone's arm

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

twist play
  1. : to unite by winding

  2. : to make by twisting strands together

  3. : to mingle by interlacing

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

  2. : a dance performed with strenuous gyrations especially of the hips

  3. : the spin given the ball in any of various games

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

arm play
  1. : a human upper limb

  2. : something like or corresponding to an arm: such as

  3. : the forelimb of a vertebrate

  1. : to furnish or equip with weapons

  2. : to furnish with something that strengthens or protects

  3. : to equip or ready for action or operation

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

  2. : a combat branch (as of an army)

  3. : an organized branch of national defense (such as the navy)


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