One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[WITH OBJECT]North American
Ward off (an opponent) or remove (an obstacle) with the arm straight.‘I straight-armed the door’‘a player notable for straight-arming any would-be tacklers’
- ‘Within five minutes of the resumption, however, they were down to 14 men after Quinnell straight-armed Lamaison around the neck.’
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