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arm's-length

[ahrmz-lengkth, -length] /ˈɑrmzˌlɛŋkθ, -ˌlɛŋθ/
adjective
1.
not closely or intimately connected or associated; distant; remote:
an arm's-length relationship.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55
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Examples for arms-length
  • Since then, royal aides have cannily worked to secure autonomy and arms-length financing from government.
  • Excessive charges related to less-than-arms-length transactions.
British Dictionary definitions for arms-length

arm's-length

adjective
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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Word Origin and History for arms-length
arms-length
1650s, from arm (1) + length. at arm's end is recorded from 1570s.
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