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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RAFA BENITEZ strengthened his hand at Newcastle United this week as chief scout Graham Carr left his post.
SEBASTIAN VETTEL strengthened his hand ahead of tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix by posting the fastest time in both of yesterday's practice sessions as Red Bull dominated.
Moore strengthened his hand by picking up one of Murtagh''s missed rides, the Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Again in Friday's Coronation Stakes.
WILLIE MULLINS strengthened his hand in the novice hurdling department with the victory of Quiscover Fontaine at Limerick.
IRISH trainer Colm Murphy strengthened his hand in the Champion Hurdle when Brave Inca lowered Harchibald's colours at Leopardstown.
Former Sunderland boss Reid (pictured) has strengthened his hand by keeping the club in the Premiership.
SKELMERSDALE United boss Paul Gallagher has strengthened his hand this week with two notable captures ahead of tomorrow's home clash with Squires Gate and their big local Boxing Day derby, away at leaders, Prescot Cables.
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