arm-twisting arm-twisting


  • (n) persuasion by the use of direct personal pressure


  1. Such words babble up in all corners of society, wherever anybody is ax-grinding, arm-twisting, backscratching, sweet-talking.
  2. Not much arm-twisting was involved.
  3. Building a coalition an elaborate dance of horse-trading and arm-twisting could take several weeks.


  • G8 will produce lots of chatter, but not much else

    Any time eight of the world's most powerful heads of state gather in one room, there will be plenty to talk about. But much of the most important jawboning and arm-twisting happens behind the scenes.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS


  1. "The reason all of this arm-twisting and deal-making and parliamentary maneuvering is going on is that people hate this bill," Mr. McConnell said. "They are trying to convince their members, within eight months of an election, to ignore their...
    on Mar 12, 2010 By: Mitch McConnell Source: New York Times

  2. "I wish to call upon people of Zimbabwe to unite against the shameless British arm-twisting tactics being orchestrated through the MDC and the so-called civil groups," Mugabe said.
    on Jun 1, 2007 By: Robert Mugabe Source: Washington Post

  3. "We accept all the conditions, ultimatums, demands and arm-twisting from Our order to avoid providing any grounds to wreck the coalition and hold an early election," Tymoshenko told a news conference. "We do not agree with...
    on Oct 1, 2008 By: Yulia Tymoshenko Source: Kyiv Post

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