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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 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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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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* Posterior deltoid strengthener. From the same starting position, holding the weight, raise the arm behind you.
Save the damaged nail with Trind's Nail repair gift bag containing a gorgeous hand cream, nail strengthener, nail magic file and repair cream.
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You are a strengthener and encourager to all of us who are readers of your magazine.
Rotator cuff strengthener. Stand with elbow at side, bent at 90[degrees], and grip elastic tubing (other end attached to fixed object such as a doorknob).
Asbestos is a natural mineral and is an extraordinary resilient, malleable insulator and strengthener, said Steven Matthews of the City's Health Dept.
North Burnett-based Eidsvold Siltstone Pty Ltd received more than $55,000 from the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas Fund to work with QUT researchers in determining how the fine talc-like powder produced from sawing sandstone into blocks could be turned into metakaolin, a cement strengthener commonly used in Europe and the United States of America.
As a surfactant in skincare, it creates a barrier on the surface of the skin, protecting against bacteria and acting as a natural strengthener. | Propolis Its strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties make it one of the best ingredients for balancing problematic skins.
Add a sachet to water for a lemon flavoured drink with 1,500mg of joint-boosting glucosamine, the anti-inflammatory pineapple extract bromelain, plus bone strengthener vitamin D.
Hip strengthener Sit comfortably, with your legs and feet together, and tie a resistance band around your thighs.
Total Care 5in One by Nailene, pounds 5.99 from Asda, is a smoothing base coat, a high gloss top coat, a growth treatment and has "Ultimate Bio Strengthener" which harden the nail with iron and keratin.
The product acts as a strengthener and growth treatment as well as a base coat and shiny top coat when used with a nail color.
Wrist extensions strengthener - position the wrist as shown with it bent to its maximum
Web-space strengthener. Place both hands together in a steeple shape--thumb to thumb and fingertips to fingertips.
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