One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Tackle or fend off (a person) by extending an arm rigidly.
avoid, evade, eschew, steer clear of, shy away from, fight shy of, recoil from, keep away from, keep one's distance from, give a wide berth to, have nothing to do with, leave alone, not touchView synonyms
- ‘The baserunner, however, can counter this by stiff-arming his opponent or doing a rough slide into the base.’
- ‘He nailed one in the jaw with the butt of his gun, but the other cop caught him behind the knees with his pistol, then spun around and stiff-armed him with his left arm.’
- ‘During a 63-yard touchdown run in a Monday night game, the Cowboys' running back stiff-armed a Vikings defender and got his fingers caught in the player's facemask.’
- ‘All you see is him stiff-arming somebody 20 yards down the field and breaking a 40-yard run and scoring.’
- ‘What separates Owens is his ability to stiff-arm and outmuscle defenders to make huge yards after the catch.’
- ‘Mention his name and just try to imagine him doing something other than stiff-arming a tackler and high-stepping into the endzone.’
- ‘You watch Eric when he catches a hitch and stiff-arms somebody, then he's looking for somebody else to run over.’
- ‘The fans jumped on the field, but I would score even if I had to stiff-arm them.’
- ‘However, in general play he had already stiff-armed two of the Bury squad and gone unpunished.’
- 1.1 Treat (someone) in a cold and unhelpful way.‘the department still appeared to be stiff-arming the media’
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