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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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Cooperation is also foreseen in the implementation of projects financed by domestic and international funds, as well as the strengthening cooperation between local government and civil society organizations.
As for We, the latest mobile operator to join the market, the report showed it has four towers and 773 strengthening points.
| PS70,000 will be spent on strengthening the carriageway on Madeline Street and Tanybryn in Pontygwaith.
For CFRP strengthening of the SHS steel frames having initial deficiency, Sika Wrap-230C was used.
Properties of UHPFRC for Effective Performance as a Repairing or Strengthening Material
How does local strengthening of single gluteus medius influence activity in other abductor muscles?
Putting management capacity building at the forefront of health systems strengthening: Comment on "Management matters: a leverage point for health systems strengthening in global health." Int J Health Policy Manag.
Strengthening of circular hollow sections (CHS) with FRP by Teng and Hu [14] and Hong et al.
Carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) has widespread applications for repair and strengthening of cracked concrete structural elements [8, 9].
PESHAWAR -- The Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) FATA Arbab Muhammad Arif has praised the role of FATA Institutional Strengthening Project (FISP) in the Capacity Building and strengthening of the various FATA Institutions.
The issues of strengthening bilateral relations were discussed during the consultations between the Foreign Ministries of two countries in Tbilisi, Georgia's Foreign Ministry told Trend on Friday.
John Bambridge discusses structural strengthening with some of the lead applicators and suppliers in the niche but growing industry sector.
Mata of San Antonio, TX has patented a method of strengthening damaged or chemically treated hair.
Gets straight to inner core thickening and strengthening.
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