at arm's length
See: KEEP AT A DISTANCE or KEEP AT ARM'S LENGTH.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • At arm's length — Length Length (l[e^]ngth), n. [OE. lengthe, AS. leng[eth], fr. lang, long, long; akin to D. lengte, Dan. l[ae]ngde, Sw. l[ a]ngd, Icel. lengd. See {Long}, a. ] 1. The longest, or longer, dimension of any object, in distinction from {breadth} or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at arm's length — If something is at arm s length, it is a safe distance waway from you …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • at arm's length — adverb at some distance (Freq. 1) keep someone at arm s length * * * away from the body, with the arm fully extended I held the telephone at arm s length * * * at arm s length : from a distance that is the length of a person s arm It s best to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • at arm's length — 1) held away from your body with your arm stretched out straight He held the baby out at arm s length. 2) in a situation where you avoid dealing with or becoming involved with someone else keep/put someone at arm s length: Sheryl s unfriendly… …   English dictionary

  • at arm's length — idi at arm s length, on terms lacking in intimacy; at a distance: to keep business associates at arm s length[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • at arm's length — Beyond the reach of personal influence or control. Parties are said to deal at arm s length when each stands upon the strict letter of his rights, and conducts the business in a formal manner, without trusting to the other s fairness or integrity …   Black's law dictionary

  • at arm's length — Beyond the reach of personal influence or control. Parties are said to deal at arm s length when each stands upon the strict letter of his rights, and conducts the business in a formal manner, without trusting to the other s fairness or integrity …   Black's law dictionary

  • at arm's length — See: KEEP AT A DISTANCE or KEEP AT ARM S LENGTH …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at\ arm's\ length — See: keep at a distance or keep at arm s length …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at arm's length — (India)    If something is at arm s length, it is very close to you.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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