Definition of strong-arm in English:



  • [attributive] Using or characterized by force or violence.

    ‘they were furious at what they said were government strong-arm tactics’
    • ‘Some might argue that there is nothing wrong with these sort of strong-arm tactics.’
    • ‘Most members of the Legislature feel cowed by the governor's strong-arm tactics.’
    • ‘This begins with Israel, where a wave of Palestinian suicide attacks gave justification to Sharon's strong-arm tactics.’
    • ‘Competitors allege that he used strong-arm tactics to build his empire.’
    • ‘Some human right organisations tried to defy the whip on September 21, but they were terrorised by the strong-arm tactics of the upper castes.’
    • ‘These seemingly tough men, employing strong-arm tactics, expect wives to be their psychic nurses.’
    • ‘These strong-arm tactics include garnishing a man's paycheck, revoking his driver's license, and sending him to jail.’
    • ‘This is a typical example of a large company trying to use strong-arm tactics to force an asset out of the hands of an individual.’
    • ‘These patterns demonstrate that the Republicans' strong-arm tactics in Florida made sense.’
    • ‘The RIAA, on behalf of its members, fights to stop the piracy of digital music files using what some would call strong-arm tactics.’
    • ‘Already deeply suspicious of just about everything, China is no stranger to using such strong-arm tactics to regulate the Internet.’
    • ‘Suge's reputation for strong-arm business tactics and how that approach was used to bribe and manipulate are also documented.’
    • ‘His vigorous defense in fielding the attacks made by regime politicians has shown he does not cower from strong-arm tactics.’
    • ‘Bullying tactics and strong-arm conduct will assist no one in the resolution of the delicate issues affecting our education system.’
    • ‘Today's unions are employing the same strong-arm tactics used to oppress the industrial work force of the 19th century.’
    • ‘How free are we in a world dominated by the great American empire and multinational corporations exerting strong-arm tactics on smaller nations?’
    • ‘He is someone the camorra ‘must’ silence, but any strong-arm tactics would create a hero.’
    • ‘They have been criticised recently for strong-arm tactics, rolling around in tanks, but not doing enough intelligence.’
    • ‘The Senate is on high alert now, despite your sponsor's strong-arm tactics.’
    • ‘Air Canada's strong-arm tactics prompted the Deluces to sue, and the two sides settled out of court after a two-year fight.’
    aggressive, forceful, bullying, coercive, oppressive, threatening, intimidatory, terrorizing, thuggish, violent
    View synonyms


  • Use force or violence against.

    ‘the culprit shouted before being strong-armed out of the door’
    • ‘Despite his reluctance, Nicholson is strong-armed into taking care of Kinnear's pooch while the artist recovers from his injuries.’
    • ‘We won't be strong-armed by bullies and threats.’
    • ‘These objections and obstacles might be overcome by cajolery, economic inducements, and strong-arming Jordan and Turkey.’
    • ‘‘Auntie Tina,’ a huge, jovial lady in a hot pink muumuu, strong-armed me into getting up for some island dancing.’
    • ‘It's true that he sometimes had to be strong-armed into supporting these measures.’
    • ‘Vulcan is strong-arming a group of scientists into developing a life-regeneration process known as Necrolyzation.’
    • ‘Gilbride has strong-armed Drew Bledsoe to throw downfield.’
    • ‘Both teams have strong-armed quarterbacks and dangerous receivers.’
    • ‘It may have even strong-armed a few banks into propping up the market.’
    • ‘And if they want to argue the toss about it, they have 28 days to prove they were strong-armed into switching against their will.’
    • ‘Someone was going around with a map of the farms last year strong-arming people.’
    • ‘Industry watchers are harshly criticizing a government order that strong-arms banks into extending loans to traditional industries.’
    • ‘Suppose the casino threatened to close its doors if the government strong-armed it.’
    • ‘As Wolfe's right-hand man, Archie flirts or strong-arms his way to suspects and evidence while avoiding police entanglements.’
    • ‘He has strong-armed the media, intimidated opponents and sanctioned massive extrajudicial killings of supposed drug dealers.’



/ˈstrôNG ˌärm/