hold (one) at arm's length

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hold (one) at arm's length

To keep one at a certain distance away, either physical or figurative, in order to afford a level of safety or security or to prevent intimacy. John always holds his friends at arm's length, so that no one gets close enough to hurt his feelings. My daughter likes to watch me cook, but I make sure to hold her at arm's length so she doesn't get close to anything hot.
See also: hold, length
References in classic literature ?
He struck at his captor, only to be twisted about and held at arm's length.
The blue 10[degrees] scale bar is about the width of your fist when it's held at arm's length.
Their distance will be just a thumb's width when held at arm's length.
At 70 meters, the target face appears roughly the size of a thumbtack head held at arm's length.
Despite the fact they were held at arm's length for the first hour, Radford hailed his team's determination to mount a recovery.
How long before we can add in the ubiquitous light of a smartphone held at arm's length for either a selfie or an 'I was there' moment where, frankly, you might as well not have been there as you were watching it through your screen?
How long before we can add in the ubiquitous light of a smartphone held at arm's length for either a selfie or an "I was there" moment where, frankly, you might as well not have been there as you were watching it through your billion-pixel screen?
But after being held at arm's length by the board he retreated to South Africa.
When you look through a magnifying glass held at arm's length, the chances that you will see an enlarged object are high.
They are often shared on social networking services such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Tumblr and are often casual, typically taken either with a camera held at arm's length or in a mirror.
Single handed selfies are simple, thanks to the camera's comfortable grip and 180A tiltable LCD screen that flips for perfect framing with the [eth] 5000 held at arm's length.
Size in the sky was approximately the size of a golf ball when held at arm's length.
One tentative solution to the commissioners' angst might be to set up a "buffer zone" in the county chambers so disrespectful petitioners could be safely held at arm's length, although the naked truth in this case is that the petitioners probably won't be carrying concealed weapons.
Boro were held at arm's length by former Newport County boss Dean Holdsworth's Shots at the Riverside Stadium, but Jutkiewicz made the breakthrough with a forceful header.
In the space of 14 minutes it was job done, the second half a mere afterthought in which Sutton, to their credit, kept plugging away but were generally held at arm's length as the Dragons were able to give useful run-outs to substitutes Glen Little, Declan Walker and Adrian Cieslewicz.