One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The act of twisting a person's arm, as an informal punishment or means of coercion. Also figurative: an argument designed to put pressure on a person to agree to something. rare.
2A person who twists another's arm. Chiefly figurative: a person who coerces or forcibly persuades another to act in a particular way; a bully.
Late 19th century. From arm + twister. Compare to twist (someone's) arm.
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