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.
Whether or not some people are holier than others, meaning they can defy the long arm of the law when it comes to answering for their excesses, is all the rage ever since the so-called Panama Papers landed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in hot waters in 2016.
The long arm of chromosome 11 has 5 bands, whereas the long arm of chromosome 9 has 4 bands because although the chromosomes are similar in length, 11q is longer than 9q when the 9q heterochromatic region is excluded.
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.
Murder two innocent US citizens in cold blood for the cameras and the long arm of the Pentagon will reach you - lethally.
Summary: The long arm of the law has finally caught up with a police officer 19 years after he allegedly raped a schoolgirl who was only eight then.
THE long arm of the law never needed to stretch far to catch an armed shop raider.
But surely, the long arm of the law has been a bit heavy-handed with jobless Stewart Smith.
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.
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.