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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Once Granet paused to look down at the long arm of the sea on his left.
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.
300-10 of the town planning code, long arm of the district, located in the territory of the commune of the inter-
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".
FARMER Terry Western found himself facing the long arm of the claw - after terrified passers-by saw this 5ft toy tiger nodding at them from his car.
Observant readers will have noticed, to the left of the picture, the protesters even had the long arm of the law on their side
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.
ONE of Dudley's oldest scout groups is celebrating after being handed a pounds 1,200 donation from the long arm of the law.
While a commonly deleted region (CDR) on the long arm of chromosome 5 has long been known to be associated with leukemia, previous attempts to identify the tumor suppressors within this band were unsuccessful.
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.
to the rocky shores of Atlantic Canada provides a look at how the long arm of the church can reach across borders, the extraordinary opportunities it can offer young people and a glimpse at the workings of grace.
With our federal partners, the long arm of the law has gotten very long.
Though abstract, they feel decidedly like models: One almost but not quite recognizes the low, curved entrance to a parking garage; the long arm of a grain chute; the curving facade of a theater.