strengthen the hand of (someone)

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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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He said: "The decision that was made by the Irish people on Thursday has certainly strengthened the hand of the Government, giving us added authority in talking to the European institutions and the other European member states.
"We have actually strengthened the hand of those who want to break the union."
Full-time football has strengthened the hand of southern teams - even though it led to financial chaos at some clubs.
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