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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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All of the directors of the family camps stated that the purpose of their camps was to strengthen families.
In addition, anecdotal evidence from local school counselors revealed frustration and isolation among those attempting to initiate change in their counseling programs at the site or district level and pointed to the need for a focal point for local efforts to strengthen school counseling and advocate for change.
In Indonesia, Honda will establish a network of 4,000 dealers and service shops to strengthen sales and after sales service to better serve customers in an ever growing market.
We also believe that to realize their democratic vision Indonesians will have to find the appropriate ways to further strengthen civilian control over the military and hold individuals accountable for abuses.
To strengthen service delivery through front-line prevention resources in order to promote the social integration of young people between the ages of 12 and 25, and to give the community a sense of responsibility with regard to the living conditions of young people through awareness-raising activities.
So it is very important for the BIS to work to strengthen international cooperation, not only in the monetary area but also between central banks and financial supervisors.
These funds are intended to strengthen capacity to respond to bioterrorism, other infectious disease emergencies, and other urgent public health threats.
These systems will, without question, greatly strengthen the banking system's resilience.
Wall Slides to Strengthen Back, Hip and Leg Muscles
Yoga can strengthen weak muscles and elongate overly tight ones, as Alfonso Martin, principal dancer at Tulsa Ballet, has discovered.
To strengthen democracy for the benefit of all peoples through such instruments as the Inter-American Democratic Charter, the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption and good governance programs such as those at the OAS and the Inter-American Development Bank;
Members of CoGS and house of bishops said that continuing to strengthen relations with aboriginal Anglicans and their communities, a process called A New Agape, is important.
For six inter-linked activities intended to strengthen accountability and build the capacity of Ontario's community foundations in their work with youth, the media, professional advisors, the community and neighbourhoods.
I am quite encouraged that the offshore centers themselves have recognized, for the most part, the need to strengthen supervision.
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