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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 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 it was also responsibility of the religious figures to strengthen hands of the government in its efforts to restore law and order across the country.
Nalota said confrontation between state institutions would serve no purpose rather would strengthen hands of undemocratic forces and will weaken democracy.
The Prime Minister said there was unanimity of views at the trilateral summit in Ankara that they all had to strengthen hands of the Afghan government.
PESHAWAR -- PMLN Candidate for PK-8 constituency and Provincial Additional General Secretary Arbab Akbar Hayat Saturday asked the people to strengthen hands of PMLN leadership for getting the country rid of the present difficult challenges.
He urged the opposition to strengthen hands of the government as it is delivering.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan was facing menace of extremism and there was need to strengthen hands of the government.
He said it was also responsibility of the religious scholars to strengthen hands of the government and Army in their struggle for maintaining law and order situation in the country.
This, beyond doubt, he added, is worst type of act of terrorism and the elements involved in the inhuman act, are out to strengthen hands of the enemies of the country and bring bade name for the nation.
He said it was also responsibility of the religious personalities to strengthen hands of the government and Army in struggle of restoring law and order situation across the country.
He urged media to strengthen hands of NAB in creating a corruption free society.
Talking to reporters, he said that politics of confrontation will serve no purpose but would strengthen hands of undemocratic forces.
He said the democratic parties in the province have now learned that any wrangling between democratic forces will only strengthen hands of undemocratic forces and will destabilize the country.
The postponement of tripartite dialogue would generally affect the overall ongoing peace efforts in this region and would strengthen hands of enemies of peace.
PESHAWAR, January 04, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Labour Minister, Sher Azam Khan Wazir said Tuesday destabilization of government would strengthen hands of democratic forces and would destabilize the country.
He urged the lawyers fraternity to strengthen hands of a free and independent judiciary which could ensure implementation of its verdicts on issues.
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