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twist my arm

Date: Oct 26 2000


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

Interviewer: “Did someone talk you into being Miss World?”
Natasha: “They didn’t have to twist my arm.”
– talking about her feelings on becoming Miss World USA.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

convince someone to do something or coerce

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

Twist my arm” is usually used casually. Twisting someone’s arm is not a real way to make him/her do something. Rather, it’s almost always used in a humorous way. It’s also often used in reference to things that a person would have done anyway. So, if you are thinking about going to the movies, but you’re not sure if want to go, your friend might “twist your arm” to convince you to go.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“I was talking to Mandy the other day and she asked me to go to the Britney Spears concert. I’m not sure if I want to go, but she’ll probably twist my arm and talk me in to it. Hey Jonah, you don’t have to twist my arm to get me to go on a date with you. I think you’re cute.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

My guess about this week’s word of slang “not twist my arm” is that a person can say it when he doesn’t mind doing something or even would really like to do it. So when Natasha said they didn’t have to twist her arm she probably meant that she was quite willing to do what they offered her, she liked the idea, really wanted to accept something.
by Natasha (Russia)
I think ‘to twist someone’s arm’ is like… to compel someone to do something. Maybe it’s like when my younger brother twisted my arm to make me give a remote control to him…just a guess though.
by Mameow (Bangkok, Thailand)
I think “twist my arm” means someone accepted or agreed on doing something like agreed to do something after someone have twisted your arm.
by Sarah (Hong Kong, China)
I guess the meaning of twist my arm is… someone makes me do something against my will…!
by Aki (Pasadena, California, USA)
I think the expression “to twist someone’s arm” means to persuade them into doing something that they don’t want to do. So, when nobody had to twist Natasha’s arm, she became Miss World not because people compelled her to do so, but because she herself wanted.
by Eric (Chinhae, Kyungsangnamdo, South Korea)
I guess ‘twist my arms’ means to ask to do something forcefully.
by Sanjay (Dublin, Ireland)
I guess ‘twist arms’ mean forcing someone to do things he/she does not want to do.
by Ammar (Udhailiyah, Saudi Arabia)

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08:02 AM Nov 10 2015 |

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We have the same slang typically in Arabic. But it’s a bit more serious. When someone are threatening you to do sth, then they’re twisting your arm.

12:30 PM Nov 06 2015 |

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