long arm

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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long arm
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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But when they lack ethical sense, the only thing keeping them in line is the long arm of the professor's law, unfortunately.
In retrospect the picture may be taxed for stretching the long arm of coincidence to the dislocation point.
It consisted of two parts, the main north-south trunk and a long arm protruding on the western side.
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