kings have long hands

kings have long hands

The controlling sovereign or government of a given nation has broad, far-reaching power and influence that it can use to control or punish people. You do realize that the government is able to track just about every move you make, right? Remember—kings have long hands. The brigands thought they would be safe hiding out in this small provincial town, but kings have long hands, and they were eventually caught and hanged.
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