strengthen (one's) hand

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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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Pitching their message to Mirror readers, the five say: "May claims she needs a large majority to strengthen her hand in negotiations.
In the circumstances, Mrs May had little alternative than to seek her own mandate from the electorate, the overwhelming support of which will strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations and beyond.
The Prime Minister sought to fight any complacency in Tory ranks, insisting she was "taking nothing for granted" in an election she hopes will strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations with Brussels.
But the Prime Minister sought to fight any complacency in Tory ranks, insisting that she was "taking nothing for granted" in an election which she hopes will strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations with Brussels.
NICOLA Sturgeon will today seek cross-party support at Holyrood to strengthen her hand in talks to keep Scotland's European Union links.
She appealed to the SCBA members to unite and strengthen her hand in the larger interest of the lawyers community.