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long arm

noun
1.
a long pole fitted with any of various devices, as a hook or clamp, for performing tasks otherwise out of reach.
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  • He smiled at her gravely as he let himself down on her rugs and put a long arm round her.

  • "For years had he eluded the long arm of the pope's justice," she resumed.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • Just as she was stretching her long arm under the table, a train steamed into the station.

    A Lover in Homespun F. Clifford Smith
  • Suddenly Roger put his long arm across Charley's fine shoulders.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • It enabled him to make a long arm, as it were, and manipulate the matter in effect without a proxy.

    The Storm Centre Charles Egbert Craddock
  • You might call it the long arm of coincidence and be making no mistake either.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • His long arm pointed at the platform where sat McSheen, his face black with impotent rage.

    John Marvel, Assistant Thomas Nelson Page
British Dictionary definitions for long arm

long arm

noun (informal)
1.
power, esp far-reaching power: the long arm of the law
2.
make a long arm, to reach out for something, as from a sitting position
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