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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 ?
If he could catch his fellow apes with his long arm of many grasses, why not Sabor, the lioness?
300-10 of the town planning code, long arm of the district, located in the territory of the commune of the inter-
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".
FARMER Terry Western found himself facing the long arm of the claw - after terrified passers-by saw this 5ft toy tiger nodding at them from his car.
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.
With our federal partners, the long arm of the law has gotten very long.
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.
In this the Chinese Year of the Monkey, the long arm of the gibbon may yet reach across the seas with seeds of knowledge for the global health community deciphering the puzzle of SARS.