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
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
And this is what I saw: Sitting at the end of the cavern--it was not more than twenty feet long--was another form, of which the head rested on its chest and the long arms hung down.
Together they followed with their eyes the figure of the man running over a field; they saw him fall down, pick himself up, and run on again, staggering and waving his long arms above his head, in the direction of the New Barns Farm.
Among the bayfarers he had gained the nickname of "The Centipede" on account of his long arms.
Contract notice: Provision of a new or used hydraulic excavator long arm.
Cross is not only a masterful quilter, but also an author and a star with the long arm machine.
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.
TODDLERS at a Coventry nursery felt the long arm of the law when they had a visit from their local beat bobbies.
The new John Deere 27D compact excavator provides even more productivity due to reduced cycle times and a long arm option, as well as better operator comfort with updated controls and a redesigned cab.
The long arm of the law asked owner Louise Kavanagh to remove the offending item - and Insider hears Louisewas happy to oblige.
The long arm of functionalism is rarely absent from debate about surface, however.
Comes with long arm standard equipment and an optional 330-pound factory installed counterweight.
The long arm of the law gestures at this Austin 1800 as Liverpool traffic grinds down St John's Lane from Lime Street to the Birkenhead Tunnel, in October 1965.