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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Summary: OSLO - Norwegian oil firm DNO has upped the estimated size of its prize Tawke field in Iraqi Kurdistan, strengthening the hand of DNO shareholders in merger talks with RAK Petroleum of the UAE.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer's new, tougher regime will check irresponsible bankers by strengthening the hand of regulators.
association with the dissident movement ends up strengthening the hand of the hardliners since they can then vilify the reformers by association.
The "Anglosphere" way of doing things would gain in prestige, thus strengthening the hand of, for example, Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank to emphasize the link between poverty and lack of democracy.
He is convinced that Germany and the UK will get things moving in strengthening the hand of financial regulators on the European stage.
The president's erratic management of the system of controls--from freeze to thaw, back to freeze again, and then dissolution of the whole program--gave the idea of peacetime controls a bad name while strengthening the hand of "free market" zealots who believe there isn't anything markets can't do better than governments.
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