One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Pressurize someone into doing something that they are reluctant to do.‘I've twisted his arm and he'll get you some tickets’
pressurize, coerce, bulldoze, force, railroadView synonyms
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The next thing we knew, Radio 4 was on the phone and twisted our arm into an interview quickly followed by loads of others.’
- ‘They enjoyed it so much last year they twisted my arm to let them do it again.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Did she do that on her own, was she forced to do it, was somebody twisting her arm?’
- ‘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.’
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