arm's length

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arm's length ‎(plural arm's lengths)

  1. A distance approximately equal to the length of a human's arm.
  2. (figuratively) A position not suggesting or inviting intimacy.
    She remained at arm's length though we worked together for many years.
  3. (figuratively) A condition of independence and parity for parties to a transaction.
    The police work at arm's length from the army.


arm's length ‎(comparative more arm's length, superlative most arm's length)

  1. (literally) Barely within reach.
  2. (idiomatic) Distant, detached.
  3. (idiomatic) Independent, but related.

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