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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oThis strengthens the hand of national governments and lotteries in controlling what gambling takes place on the Internet,o said Rupert Hornig, the groupAEs EU representative.
Such behaviour strengthens the hand of protester like the one outside the National Assembly on Tuesday, who told me bin Laden could justify his murder of 6,000 people because of America's attacks on Iraq.