One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Attempt to force or coerce (someone) to do something.‘she started putting the arm on them for donations’
- ‘To be dubbed a Ranger or a Patriot used to mean that one had gone as far as one could go in putting the arm on business colleagues for individual donations, which were then grouped into eye-popping wads.’
- ‘When Sam arrives to put the arm on Norman, it can be said that neither actor inhabits his role.’
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