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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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After gaining independence, Azerbaijan began to strengthen and develop more seriously, and Turkey has always supported Azerbaijan in this regard, Kulunk said.
Generous, paternal, and a bit of a ham, he developed his technique by studying anatomy and by formulating exercises to strengthen and open up the body for performance in any style.
Residents worked on exercise machines for resistance training three times a week to strengthen their thighs and knees.
The above exercises stretch and strengthen the lower back muscles in all of their actions.
Standing poses, especially the warrior and lunging poses, increase metabolism and also strengthen and tone the muscles, build endurance, and warm the body.
Unlike short-term "demand" loans, these instruments strengthen working capital because only the current portion (the amount owing during the current fiscal year) shows up on the balance sheet as a current liability.
When the spot rate moves up to 108 or 109, the yen weakens against the dollar, and when the rate moves down, the yen strengthens. The currency of the product price will determine if the price adjustment is an increase or decrease as the dollar strengthens.
When this person meets Fred a second time, the hippocampus strengthens the synapses that connect the face with the name.
The REGYS I and ERGYS I rehabilitation systems are special exercise machines that tone leg muscles and strengthen the cardiovascular system with aerobic exercise.
If done correctly, this pose energizes and stabilizes the inner thighs and strengthens the gluteus medius muscles.
It appears that people with high levels of back fitness have less back pain than those with less back fitness because exercise strengthens muscles.
The press strengthens the right muscles, but not in the way they function in running.
DRILLING- to tone and strengthen your biceps, triceps and chest muscles.
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