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

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • Shad pointed with his long arm in the general direction of Heaven.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • Suddenly Roger put his long arm across Charley's fine shoulders.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • He swung out a long arm toward the walls with their floods of butterflies.

  • Jackson put out his long arm, and gently touched the other's hand.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • You might call it the long arm of coincidence and be making no mistake either.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • The reference to the long arm of coincidence183 was stinging.

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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