Definition of twist someone's arm in English:

twist someone's arm


  • Pressurize someone into doing something that they are reluctant to do.

    ‘I've twisted his arm and he'll get you some tickets’
    • ‘What you understand is they would do just about anything to have the freedom to believe what they wanted to believe and not have anyone twisting their arm.’
    • ‘They enjoyed it so much last year they twisted my arm to let them do it again.’
    • ‘When Victoria was in New York recently, she went to see the Jacob and Co designer to twist his arm so he'd donate something for the auction.’
    • ‘Having sang the song at a session on the Saturday night before the World Cup started, a few people twisted my arm to record it for use on radio.’
    • ‘‘Community work is compulsive for me - no one's twisting my arm to do the work except myself,’ Val said.’
    • ‘A friend of mine who's in charge of organising the conference twisted my arm into being the speaker at the opening session on Friday evening: straight after arrival and dinner.’
    • ‘The next thing we knew, Radio 4 was on the phone and twisted our arm into an interview quickly followed by loads of others.’
    • ‘Did she do that on her own, was she forced to do it, was somebody twisting her arm?’
    • ‘If you twisted my arm and forced me to predict the winner, I'd probably go with the Patriots, for pretty much the same reasons everyone else is picking them.’
    • ‘‘I never really liked playing tennis, but three weeks ago Sarah twisted my arm,’ she says.’
    pressurize, coerce, bulldoze, force, railroad
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