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the meaning of "twist my arm!!"

 
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habit6999



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:53 am    Post subject: the meaning of "twist my arm!!" Reply with quote

Dear teacher:

Please tell me what the meaning of "twist my arm!!" is?


Yours sincerely !
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Twist someone's arm means to persuade them to do something that they might not want to do.

I hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Twist my arm" means "(someone is) forcing me to do (something)."

A: Why did you go see The Piano?
B: My girlfriend twisted my arm.

This means that she pressured him into it somehow.


However, the expression is also very commonly used ironically.

A: Hey man, you wanna go to the beach and meet some cute girls?
B: (extends arm out) Twist my arm.

Here, he is saying "twist my arm" as if to say "well, I don't really want to, but if you force me into it, I'll go with you." However, he is only joking. He really does want to go and is actually enthusiastic about it. Mr. A might then use two fingers with a very light grip and 'twist' his friend's arm and Mr. B would immediately say, "ow!" It's all just part of the silly joke.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very.. thanks
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I learned it also
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

twist someone's arm
Fig. to pressure someone. (Fig. on the image of hurting someone until they agree to cooperate.) I had to twist her arm a little, but she agreed. Do I have to twist your arm, or will you cooperate?
See also: arm, twist

-Source: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/twist+arm


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