1. [20C+] the penis.
2. [1930s–50s] (US Und.) the act of robbing someone by choking them from behind and thus rendering them immobile; thus arm-man, one who robs in this way.
3. [1960s] influence, power.
4. [1960s+] (S.Afr. drugs) a measure of cannabis, approx. the size of a maize cob and weighing about 2kg (4.25 lb).
5. [1970s] an erection, sexual stimulation.
1. [late 17C] a wife.
2. [mid–19C+] a plump woman.
3. [1920s-40s] (US) an attractive woman.
see sense 2 above.
SE in slang uses
see elbow-bender under elbow n.1
[1990s+] especially energetic masturbation.
[1990s+] a companion, i.e. one who is ‘on one’s arm’.
[1900s] (Aus.) of a drink, weak.
[mid-17C+] extensive, substantial.
[1960s–70s] (US) to boast.
[late 19C+] to take risks.
[1910s–40s] (US) to wait at tables.
see under drop v.1
[1960s] (drugs) a serious narcotics addiction.
[late 19C–1910s] a phr. used to describe a habitual thief.
[late 18C–1930s] to stretch out one’s arm to grab something.
[1940s+] (US) spontaneous.
1. [1920s+] (US) for free, on credit.
2. [2010s] (US) subject to corruption.
1. (also arm, put the strong arm on someone) to attack from behind by choking the victim with one’s forearm before robbing them.
2. (also lay the arm on) to pressurize with threats of violence, to extort ‘protection’ payments, to beg for money, to blackmail.
3. to reveal scandalous facts about someone, to inform on.
4. to make an arrest.
[mid-19C+] (US) to talk incessantly at someone, to harangue.
[1940s+] to force someone to do something against their will, often ironic.
[1930s–60s] second-rate, inferior, bad.
[late 19C–1900s] a short measure of beer.