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for To work at arm''s length
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Arm \Arm\, n. [AS. arm, earm; akin to OHG. aram, G., D., Dan., &
Sw. arm, Icel. armr, Goth. arms, L. armus arm, shoulder, and
prob. to Gr. ? joining, joint, shoulder, fr. the root ? to
join, to fit together; cf. Slav. rame. ?. See Art,
1. The limb of the human body which extends from the shoulder
to the hand; also, the corresponding limb of a monkey.
2. Anything resembling an arm; as,
(a) The fore limb of an animal, as of a bear.
(b) A limb, or locomotive or prehensile organ, of an
(c) A branch of a tree.
(d) A slender part of an instrument or machine, projecting
from a trunk, axis, or fulcrum; as, the arm of a
(e) (Naut) The end of a yard; also, the part of an anchor
which ends in the fluke.
(f) An inlet of water from the sea.
(g) A support for the elbow, at the side of a chair, the
end of a sofa, etc.
3. Fig.: Power; might; strength; support; as, the secular
arm; the arm of the law.
To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? --Isa. lii.
Arm's end, the end of the arm; a good distance off.
Arm's length, the length of the arm.
Arm's reach, reach of the arm; the distance the arm can
To go (or walk) arm in arm, to go with the arm or hand
of one linked in the arm of another. "When arm in armwe
went along." --Tennyson.
To keep at arm's length, to keep at a distance (literally
or figuratively); not to allow to come into close contact
or familiar intercourse.
To work at arm's length, to work disadvantageously.
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