long arm

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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
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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.
Once Granet paused to look down at the long arm of the sea on his left.
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.
Those thou seest there," answered his master, "with the long arms, and some have them nearly two leagues long.
He attempted to dodge the long arms that reached for him; but, failing, drew a long knife that hung at his belt.
This measure signals our unending quest for public accountability and will serve to remind erring public officers and employees that their so-called enviable lives or wealth, power and impunity are, in fact, fraught with impending retribution by the long arm of the lawwhich we can say has gotten even longer, the senator said.
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".
Observant readers will have noticed, to the left of the picture, the protesters even had the long arm of the law on their side
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.
ONE of Dudley's oldest scout groups is celebrating after being handed a pounds 1,200 donation from the long arm of the law.
While a commonly deleted region (CDR) on the long arm of chromosome 5 has long been known to be associated with leukemia, previous attempts to identify the tumor suppressors within this band were unsuccessful.
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.