Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb strong-arm

3 senses of strong-arm

Sense 1
strong-arm -- (handle roughly; "He was strong-armed by the policemen")
       => treat, handle, do by -- (interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently")

Sense 2
strong-arm, bully, browbeat, bullyrag, ballyrag, boss around, hector, push around -- (be bossy towards; "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young")
       => intimidate -- (make timid or fearful; "Her boss intimidates her")

Sense 3
strong-arm -- (use physical force against; "They strong-armed me when I left the restaurant")
       => beat, beat up, work over -- (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")

Antonyms of adj strong-arm

1 sense of strong-arm

Sense 1
forcible, physical, strong-arm -- (impelled by physical force especially against resistance; "forcible entry"; "a real cop would get physical"; "strong-arm tactics")

INDIRECT (VIA forceful) -> forceless, unforceful -- (lacking force; feeble; "a forceless argument")

Similarity of adj strong-arm

1 sense of strong-arm

Sense 1
forcible, physical, strong-arm -- (impelled by physical force especially against resistance; "forcible entry"; "a real cop would get physical"; "strong-arm tactics")
       => forceful (vs. forceless) -- (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")

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