arm length

arm's-length

[ahrmz-lengkth, -length]
adjective
not closely or intimately connected or associated; distant; remote: an arm's-length relationship.

Origin:
1645–55

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arm's-length
 
adj
1.  lacking intimacy or friendliness, esp when possessing some special connection, such as previous closeness: we now have an arm's-length relationship
2.  (of commercial transactions) in accordance with market values, disregarding any connection such as common ownership of the companies involved

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