long arm of the law


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the long arm of the law

The broad, far-reaching power or influence of the police or legal system. He may have eluded us for now, but he won't escape the long arm of the law for long. The long arm of the law is finally wrapping its fingers around these corrupt politicians.
See also: arm, law, long, of

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

the long arm of the law

People use the long arm of the law to describe the power of the police and the legal system to find and punish criminals. He was determined that Laing would not escape the long arm of the law and drove him directly to a police station.
See also: arm, law, long, of

the long (or strong) arm of the law

the police seen as a far-reaching or intimidating power.
See also: arm, law, long, of

the long arm of the ˈlaw

the ability of the police and the legal system to find criminals and punish them: You have to be a very clever criminal to escape the long arm of the law.
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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Because bobbies are not just the long arm of the law, but also the safest pair of hands.
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