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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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Speaking to the National Assembly's External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee, Mr Jones said the Welsh Government had sought to influence the UK Government, to strengthen the hand of those who are "pragmatic" about Brexit.
France previously committed forces only to attacking ISIL in Iraq as it did not want to take action in Syria that could strengthen the hand of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
But fast-track redundancies strengthen the hand of unscrupulous bosses and confirm that the Government doesn't give a hoot about ordinary people.
VINCE Cable has moved to strengthen the hand of shareholders by giving them powers to lead the crackdown on excessive executive pay deals.
Bahrain has been recruiting former soldiers and policemen from Pakistan at a steady rate to strengthen the hand of government's forces, the Nation reports.
Captain Bob Jones, head of flight operations at the Civil Aviation Authority, said: "This new charge will strengthen the hand of law enforcement agencies in their efforts to tackle this problem.
oIt looks like (the ruling) would strengthen the hand of countries who want to continue to protect state monopolies, which include Portugal or Germany,o he said.
An EU-US free trade area would lead to European and American farmers losing their influence and would strengthen the hand of a few major agri-industry companies in decisions concerning agriculture.
And so we asked the five writers whose work follows to come up with ways to strengthen the hand of the average American in the 21st-century marketplace.
If further action is needed to strengthen the hand of shareholders, we will take it.
If it comes to the same conclusion, it will strengthen the hand of Britain and the US in their effort to persuade the UN to back military action.
While not presenting a clear-cut case against Saddam Hussein, the report is expected to strengthen the hand of the hawks in Washington who never thought the Iraqi dictator would disarm voluntarily.
The committee stressed that a letter from the British Ambassador to Romania, signed by the Prime Minister, supporting Mr Mittal's company was a ``perfectly proper and necessary part of any govern-ment's determination to try to strengthen the hand of British exporters round the world''.
It is tempting to state that this consolidation is an inevitable, irreversible trend that will strengthen the hand of steelmakers versus that wielded by their scrap suppliers.