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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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Lito Atienza on Saturday said that the revival of the death penalty will only strengthen the hands of those who are abusing their power in government.
Basic concept of undertaking these welfare programme were to strengthen the hands of labourers economically and hopefully the results would be visible in near future, she added.
Summary: Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India] Apr 9 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged first-time voters to cast their first vote to "strengthen the hands of nationalists."
ISLAMABAD -- President Arif Alvi on Sunday expressed the resolve to strengthen the hands of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to check corruption in the country.
PML-N Battagram president Mahajareen asked the participants to strengthen the hands of jailed Nawaz Sharif by supporting his cause to give respect to the vote.
He said these parties do not deserve to morally claim the ownership of the megacity slogan; however, if they are sincere to the cause of the megacity they should strengthen the hands of Pasban.
They appealed to the people to strengthen the hands of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in facing the challenges for a safe and developed Pakistan.
Now she is out to strengthen the hands of CPM by weakening Congress.
contribute to strengthen the hands of the terrorists," said the Foreign Office
It can possibly be interpreted as, in effect, giving a stamp of approval to acts of terrorism committed against Jews." It added, "The Pope's evasion cannot be interpreted as anything but justifying terror against Jews and this can only strengthen the hands of radicals and offer them encouragement."
Once again, the authors seem concerned that if they make any concessions to negotiation-based efforts, they will strengthen the hands of those seeking negotiated outcomes with Iran, Syria, or North Korea.
And I will strengthen the hands of Congress party who can stop BJP."
The workers of the party were united under the provincial president of ANP Amir Haider Khan Hoti and delivering the party message on every door to ensure that people know the party policies and strengthen the hands of our leadership for the development of the country.
He also apprised the delegation about how the private sector could contribute to strengthen the hands of defense forces.
"Bringing a resolution in Parliament will not serve any purpose, rather it would strengthen the hands of the enemies sitting across the border," Abdullah, who is also National Conference chief, told reporters outside Parliament according to PTI.