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Definition of arm wrestling (noun) in English:
1 [noun] A trial of strength in which two people sit opposite each other with one elbow resting on a table, clasp each other’s hands, and try to force each other’s arm down on to the table.
“Ah, arm wrestling… a true test of honor for the feeble-minded, testosterone-fueled masses.” – Oxford English
Arm Wrestling Quotes about Oxford English
- “Oxford English? Arms like spaghetti, that one has. I remember in the school yard – year ten, I think – Edmund Smith challenged him to an arm wrestling match. They both had the hots for Margaret Jones (what a little trollop she turned out to be). So there they were, on the count of three. One. Two. Three. SNAP! Edmund broke Oxford’s wrist right off the bat. Still cracks when he moves it to this day. For some buggered reason, Oxford’s been obsessed ever since. And Edmund? Well, he got the girl.” – Victor Hastings (Childhood Acquaintance #59)
- “He took me on a weekend retreat to Brighton once. We were on the pier having a grand time. We shagged at the top of the Ferris wheel, and he bought me cotton candy and won me this adorable stuffed monkey. He set off some firecrackers too. They were about to close the pier for the night when this arm wrestling machine caught my eye – you know, those coin-operated strongman machines. To me, Oxford was perfect. So I said, ‘Oxford, show me how strong you are’! Full of bravado, as usual, he rolled up his sleeves, stuck 10p in the thingy like this was his life long soul mate, and tried to push the metal arm down. Well, it – malfunctioned. Overcompensated or something. Oxford held on tight as it flung him off the pier and into the English Channel. We started a search party, but to no avail. He washed up on the beaches of Le Havre a week later, clinging to the body of a lifeless seagull. He’d inflated it somehow to help him float.” – Penny Gibbles (Girlfriend #27)
- “I found ‘eem on ze beach, talking to zis… dead seabird. ‘Ee called eet Oswald. ‘ees clothes were… how you say… rags. ‘Ee looked like a drowned rat. I went up to ‘eem and I said, ‘Ça va? Monsieur?’ All ‘ee kept saying was, “Arm wrestling… très mal,” and “Je voudrais un sandwich au fromage.” So… I got ‘eem to drop ze seabird, and I bought ‘eem a croquet monsieur at ze nearest café.’ ‘Ee cleaned up at my apartment, and we ‘ad quite ze weekend rendezvous.” – Henriette Moreau (French Mistress #3)
Arm (n.) upper limb of the human body,” Old English earm, from Proto-Germanic *armaz (source also of Old Saxon, Danish, Swedish, Middle Dutch, German arm, Old Norse armr, Old Frisian erm), from PIE root ar- “to fit together” (source also of Sanskrit irmah “arm,” Greek arthron “a joint,” Latin armus “shoulder”). Arm of the sea was in Old English. Arm-twister “powerful persuader” is from 1915. Arm-wrestling is from 1899.
arm wrestling /ˈɑːmˌrɛs(ə)lɪŋ/
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