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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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How does strengthening of the whole group gluteus medius and minimus influence activity in other abductor muscles?
This study compared the changes in maximal muscle contraction, calcaneal pathway, and center of gravity (COG) of involved and non-involved sides with regard to eccentric and concentric strengthening in patients with unilateral Achilles tendinopathy.
The test results showed that strengthening of the wall by glass fiber straps or fabric increased carrying capacity by about 55 to 65%.
Since family camps can be a powerful influence on families, more research is necessary to understand what family camps are doing for families and how they can be more effective in strengthening family relationships.
In addition to these strengthening exercises, perform the usual hamstring, quadriceps, iliotibial band, and calf muscle stretches after warming up, during cooldown, and throughout the day.
three counselors for 2,100 students and very little district leadership and support for upgrading the counseling program), the school's counselors have continued to look hard at how they are addressing standards and competencies and to innovate and experiment with strengthening their program as much as the situation allows.
Whether in a group or individual session, Pilates can be useful for strengthening, increasing flexibility and mobility .
The strengthening portion of the program comes next, beginning with lower-body lunge matrix.
The most important task for the national church, people say, is "clarifying Anglican identity and strengthening services to parishes," said Bishop Fricker.
Through the strengthening of their cooperative relationship, Samsung and Sony aim to expand the Memory Stick business and secure Memory Stick's position within the memory card market while providing customers with a wider range of products.
To increase the support and information available to Ontarians living with the effects of Acquired Brain Injury, and their families, by introducing community-level association memberships and strengthening the structure and capacity of the association.
In this work, we considered the potential of polyvinylamine for strengthening the surfaces of newsprint and related paper grades.
Strengthening the retail, arts and entertainment mix on the Fulton Street corridor and creating a variety of housing will bring us closer to a Lower Manhattan that is active both day and night.
Terrorism response capacity is being integrated into existing infrastructures, further strengthening the foundation of public health.
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