strong-arm somebody


1. use force or threats to make somebody do what you want






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use strong-arm tactics

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To 'strong-arm' somebody is to force or coerce someone into doing something. When you strong arm somebody it usually involves excessive or unwarranted force or an element of bullying or control. 

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  1. I was strong-armed out of the company because I highlighted some of the shady practices that I had seen going on.
  2. The business owner resorted to strong-arm tactics to secure a more favourable deal from the supplier.
  3. Claire accused Neil of strong-arming her into going along with his proposal despite her reservations.

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  1. My wife strong-armed me into agreeing to doing up the garden by threatening me with a visit from her parents.
  2. Our toddler hates baths so we sometimes have to strong arm him into the bathtub.

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