arm's length

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NounEdit

arm's length (plural arm's lengths)

  1. A distance approximately equal to the length of a human's arm.
  2. (figuratively) A position not suggesting or inviting intimacy.
    She remained at arm's length though we worked together for many years.
  3. (figuratively) A condition of independence and parity for parties to a transaction.
    The police work at arm's length from the army.

AdjectiveEdit

arm's length (comparative more arm's length, superlative most arm's length)

  1. (literally) Barely within reach.
  2. (idiomatic) Distant, detached.
  3. (idiomatic) Independent, but related.

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Last modified on 4 January 2014, at 20:33