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strengthen (one's) hand

To give someone the ability to do something better, more forcefully, or more effectively. The law aims to strengthen federal officers' hands when making arrests on suspicion of illegal immigration. The scandal is yet another issue that will strengthen her opponent's hand in the run up to the election.
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strengthen the hand of (someone)

To give someone the ability to do something better, more forcefully, or more effectively. The law aims to strengthen the hands of federal officers when making arrests on suspicion of illegal immigration. The scandal is yet another issue that will strengthen the hand of her opponent in the run up to the election.
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strengthen someone's hand (or hands)

enable or encourage a person to act more vigorously or effectively.
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ˌstrengthen your ˈhand

give you more power to do something or act against somebody/something: The new anti-drug laws will strengthen the hand of the police.
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He said Pakistan wanted to strengthen relations with Central Asian states.
"I believe that it is necessary to strengthen the platform of interaction between society and business, and, in this sense, the role of public councils is of particular importance," said Nuriyev.
The Punjab Green Development Programme will strengthen the province's environmental management through empowering its departments to provide better environmental services to citizens and the private sector, with a focus on strengthening the capacity of the Environment Protection Department.
Keykha [20-23] investigated the structural behaviors of SHS steel members having initial longitudinal or transverse deficiencies which were strengthened using CFRP sheets.
Under CPEC, efforts are being made to strengthen drip irrigation technology for water
(6) The thickness of the UHPFRC layer used to repair or strengthen RC members has a direct influence on the capacity enhancement of the member.
Second, all muscle actuators corresponding to principal muscle abductors gluteus medius and minimus (6 actuators) were strengthened by doubling their respective maximum isometric force.
Also, they recognised three usual failure modes for short steel hollow section columns strengthened by CFRP which are (a) delamination between the steel and the longitudinal CFRP at the end of the column, (b) rupture of the transverse CFRP adjacent the corners and (c) delamination between the steel and the transverse CFRP, and for long steel hollow section columns strengthened by CFRP, the delamination and crushing of the CFRP at an internal buckling location was observed.
"We have to strengthen our armed forces so that they can act as an effective deterrence.
Determined to strengthen the enforcement of consumer protection rules across the Union, the European Commission adopted a communication, on 2 July, which identifies five priority areasaand concrete actions to that end.
The objective is to support the program to strengthen the financial sector through reforms aimed at: a) developing a strategy for management of systematic risks; b) strengthening the legal and regulatory framework; c) introducing legislation to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing; d) strengthening supervision and control of systematic risks, and e) strengthening the payment systems.
DHS and TSA have undertaken numerous initiatives to strengthen the security of the nation's commercial aviation system, including actions to address many recommendations made by GAO.
The kick-off session on Saturday, June 9, is Strengthening Leaders and Building a Visible, Active League for Today!, a multi-faceted training designed to help Leagues strengthen marketing and membership recruitment skills.
Generous, paternal, and a bit of a ham, he developed his technique by studying anatomy and by formulating exercises to strengthen and open up the body for performance in any style.
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