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
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.
With a snarl of rage he turned and his long arms began to flay the air.
Using his long arms as a man uses crutches, and rolling his huge carcass from side to side with each stride, the great king ape paced to and fro, uttering deep growls, occasionally punctuated with the ear-piercing scream, than which there is no more terrifying noise in all the jungle.
But as soon as the conversation ceased, the grinning, ugly creatures arose in a flock and flew swiftly toward the strangers, their long arms stretched out before them like the bowsprits of a fleet of sail-boats.
Their long arms, their short and crooked legs, their close-set, evil eyes, and their low, receding foreheads gave them a bestial appearance that sent a qualm of paralyzing fright through the shaken nerves of the Belgian.
Leaping from the tangled vegetation of the jungle's rim came a huge panther, with blazing eyes and bared fangs, and in his wake a score of mighty, shaggy apes lumbering rapidly toward them, half erect upon their short, bowed legs, and with their long arms reaching to the ground, where their horny knuckles bore the weight of their ponderous bodies as they lurched from side to side in their grotesque advance.
He swung his long arms backward and forwards, cracking his fingers, and talked unintelligibly to himself, hoarse, guttural murmurings without sense or import.
Her swing, too, revealed a grace, the grace of long arms and a supple body, at which previously he had only guessed.
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.
Next, the Court points out that, because Conn admits that the suit is not related to any of Zakharov's contacts with Ohio, Zakharov is not subject to long-arm jurisdiction under Ohio's long arm statute.
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.