long arm of the law


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long arm of the law

Fig. the police; the law. The long arm of the law is going to tap you on the shoulder some day, Lefty. The long arm of the law finally caught up with Gert.
See also: arm, law, long, of

long arm of the law

n. the police; the law. (see also arm.) The long arm of the law is going to tap you on the shoulder some day, Lefty.
See also: arm, law, long, of
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Granting the flaws in his sampling techniques, symptoms of the social science at the time rather than of any secret agenda, the broad conclusions Kinsey drew from his data have held up--and it's those conclusions that ultimately changed the way a nation talked about sex and subsequently kicked the long arm of the law out of the American bedroom: Homosexuality, premarital sex, and extramarital sex were all more common than previously acknowledged.
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LONG ARM OF THE LAW Tara Palmer-Tomkinson at Heathrow Airport
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Murder suspect Anslow was snared in Northern Cyprus, where he thought he was beyond the long arm of the law.
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Despite an early lead from Year 6 teacher Rob Harker, the teachers were unable to hold off the long arm of the law, with the police team netting a 2-1 victory in the final minute of play.