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.--This is our Cathedral, sir.
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.
"Catalist may alternatively be held to have submitted to jurisdiction in this Court under the Long Arm Statute if the cause of action arose from its 'transacting business in this commonwealth.' M.G.L.
Whether or not some people are holier than others, meaning they can defy the long arm of the law when it comes to answering for their excesses, is all the rage ever since the so-called Panama Papers landed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in hot waters in 2016.
The long arm of chromosome 11 has 5 bands, whereas the long arm of chromosome 9 has 4 bands because although the chromosomes are similar in length, 11q is longer than 9q when the 9q heterochromatic region is excluded.
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.
Summary: The long arm of the law has finally caught up with a police officer 19 years after he allegedly raped a schoolgirl who was only eight then.
THE long arm of the law never needed to stretch far to catch an armed shop raider.
But surely, the long arm of the law has been a bit heavy-handed with jobless Stewart Smith.
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".
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.