long arm

(redirected from The Long Arm)
Also found in: Wikipedia.
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

long arm

Broad, far-reaching power or influence. (Usually paired with a noun, as in "the long arm of the law.") The long arm of justice finally put the murderer in jail, where he belongs. I'm afraid the long arm of corporate interests may make environmental preservation a near impossibility.
See also: arm, long
References in classic literature ?
Without, I say, betraying them, I predict to you, knowing the iron will of the gentleman we have just left (I take the bold step of calling it iron, on account of its strength), that in this case the long arm will reach, and the strong arm will strike.
He attempted to dodge the long arms that reached for him; but, failing, drew a long knife that hung at his belt.
Raoul found the garden-gate open, and rode straight in, without regarding the long arms, raised in anger, of an old man dressed in a jacket of violet-colored wool, and a large cap of faded velvet.
And this is what I saw: Sitting at the end of the cavern--it was not more than twenty feet long--was another form, of which the head rested on its chest and the long arms hung down.
Cross is not only a masterful quilter, but also an author and a star with the long arm machine.
Commenting on the accusations that New Democracy is the long arm of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, Selmani stressed that they are "the long arm of the voters".
Now the brothers must catch him and bring him back to jail, while he seeks to collect his hidden loot and evade the long arm of the law - and, of course, the Hickey boys.
TODDLERS at a Coventry nursery felt the long arm of the law when they had a visit from their local beat bobbies.
The long arm of the law asked owner Louise Kavanagh to remove the offending item - and Insider hears Louisewas happy to oblige.
The long arm of functionalism is rarely absent from debate about surface, however.
The Bourne Identity star has also experienced the long arm of the law from the other side.
The long arm of the law gestures at this Austin 1800 as Liverpool traffic grinds down St John's Lane from Lime Street to the Birkenhead Tunnel, in October 1965.
DNA has extended the long arm of the law to such an extent that it can now reach back through time and unravel mysteries.
to the rocky shores of Atlantic Canada provides a look at how the long arm of the church can reach across borders, the extraordinary opportunities it can offer young people and a glimpse at the workings of grace.
Though abstract, they feel decidedly like models: One almost but not quite recognizes the low, curved entrance to a parking garage; the long arm of a grain chute; the curving facade of a theater.