strong-arm


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strong-arm

(strông′ärm′) Informal
adj.
Using physical force or coercion: strong-arm tactics.
tr.v. strong-armed, strong-arm·ing, strong-arms
1. To use physical force or coercion against.
2. To rob by force.

strong-arm

n
(modifier) relating to or involving physical force or violence: strong-arm tactics.
vb
(tr) to show violence towards

strong′-arm`



adj.
1. using, involving, or threatening the use of physical force or violence.
v.t.
2. to use violent methods upon; assault.
3. to rob by force.
[1820–30, Amer.]

strong-arm


Past participle: strong-armed
Gerund: strong-arming

Imperative
strong-arm
strong-arm
Present
I strong-arm
you strong-arm
he/she/it strong-arms
we strong-arm
you strong-arm
they strong-arm
Preterite
I strong-armed
you strong-armed
he/she/it strong-armed
we strong-armed
you strong-armed
they strong-armed
Present Continuous
I am strong-arming
you are strong-arming
he/she/it is strong-arming
we are strong-arming
you are strong-arming
they are strong-arming
Present Perfect
I have strong-armed
you have strong-armed
he/she/it has strong-armed
we have strong-armed
you have strong-armed
they have strong-armed
Past Continuous
I was strong-arming
you were strong-arming
he/she/it was strong-arming
we were strong-arming
you were strong-arming
they were strong-arming
Past Perfect
I had strong-armed
you had strong-armed
he/she/it had strong-armed
we had strong-armed
you had strong-armed
they had strong-armed
Future
I will strong-arm
you will strong-arm
he/she/it will strong-arm
we will strong-arm
you will strong-arm
they will strong-arm
Future Perfect
I will have strong-armed
you will have strong-armed
he/she/it will have strong-armed
we will have strong-armed
you will have strong-armed
they will have strong-armed
Future Continuous
I will be strong-arming
you will be strong-arming
he/she/it will be strong-arming
we will be strong-arming
you will be strong-arming
they will be strong-arming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been strong-arming
you have been strong-arming
he/she/it has been strong-arming
we have been strong-arming
you have been strong-arming
they have been strong-arming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been strong-arming
you will have been strong-arming
he/she/it will have been strong-arming
we will have been strong-arming
you will have been strong-arming
they will have been strong-arming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been strong-arming
you had been strong-arming
he/she/it had been strong-arming
we had been strong-arming
you had been strong-arming
they had been strong-arming
Conditional
I would strong-arm
you would strong-arm
he/she/it would strong-arm
we would strong-arm
you would strong-arm
they would strong-arm
Past Conditional
I would have strong-armed
you would have strong-armed
he/she/it would have strong-armed
we would have strong-armed
you would have strong-armed
they would have strong-armed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.strong-arm - handle roughly; "He was strong-armed by the policemen"
do by, treat, handle - interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"
2.strong-arm - be bossy towardsstrong-arm - be bossy towards; "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young"
intimidate - make timid or fearful; "Her boss intimidates her"
domineer, tyrannise, tyrannize - rule or exercise power over (somebody) in a cruel and autocratic manner; "her husband and mother-in-law tyrannize her"
3.strong-arm - use physical force against; "They strong-armed me when I left the restaurant"
beat up, work over, beat - give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression; "Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night"; "The teacher used to beat the students"
Adj.1.strong-arm - impelled by physical force especially against resistance; "forcible entry"; "a real cop would get physical"; "strong-arm tactics"
forceful - characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical); "a forceful speaker"; "a forceful personality"; "forceful measures"; "a forceful plan for peace"

strong-arm

adjective (Informal) bullying, threatening, aggressive, violent, terror, forceful, high-pressure, coercive, terrorizing, thuggish The paper is openly critical of his strong-arm tactics.

strong-arm

adjective
Informal. Accomplished by force:
verb
1. Informal. To compel by pressure or threats:
Informal: hijack.
2. Informal. To domineer or drive into compliance by the use of as threats or force, for example:
Translations

strong-arm

[ˈstrɒŋɑːm] ADJ [tactics, methods] → represivo

strong-arm

[ˈstrɒŋˌɑːm] adj (pej) (methods) → brutale
strong-arm tactics → le maniere forti
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