Meaning of “strong-arm” in the English Dictionary

"strong-arm" in British English

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strong-armadjective

uk /ˈstrɒŋ.aːm/ us /ˈstrɑːŋ.ɑːrm/ disapproving

strong-armverb [ T ]

disapproving

to use force and threats to make people do what you want:

We never strong-armed anybody. I told people about the website and they could take it or leave it.

(Definition of “strong-arm” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"strong-arm" in American English

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strong-armadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈstrɔŋˌɑrm/

disapproving involving force and threats to get people to do something:

The curfew is just another of the city's strong-arm policies.

(Definition of “strong-arm” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)