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close enough for government work

Good enough; OK; only satisfactory. The phrase implies that government work is usually of mediocre quality. When my project ripped in half as I walked out the door, my mom glued it back together and sent me on my way, saying, "It's close enough for government work!"

close enough for government work

 and good enough for government work
sufficiently close; done just well enough. (Alludes to the notion that work for the government is not done with care or pride.) I didn't do the best job of mending your shirt, but it's close enough for government work.

Kings have long arms.

 and Governments have long arms.
Prov. Those who are in power can always catch and punish people who have opposed them, no matter how far away those opponents may go. After his attempt to assassinate the king, the prince sailed to a distant country, although his wife warned him it would be to no avail. "Kings have long arms," she reminded him.
See also: arm, have, King, long
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By 2000, the VQA had become a governmentally regulated system--all sizes of wineries were obliged to follow its mandates.
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Even though religious freedom was primarily a pragmatic goal, Krugler argues nevertheless that such views on church and state made the Lords Baltimore, and George Calvert, the First Lord Baltimore, in particular, vanguards of enlightenment views on toleration and human freedom as they sought "to liberate the human mind from governmentally imposed restraints affecting religion and politics.
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This result opens the door to the possibility that the privately entrapped are, and the governmentally entrapped (and unpredisposed) are not, deserving of legal punishment, a claim that will be argued for in section 4.
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I do not believe it makes a difference--in its morality--whether it's done privately or governmentally.
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