arm

1
[ ahrm ]
/ ɑrm /

noun

Idioms

Origin of arm

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English earm; cognate with Gothic arms, Old Norse armr, Old Frisian erm, Dutch, Old Saxon, Old High German arm (German Arm) arm; Latin armus, Serbo-Croatian rȁme, rȁmo shoulder; akin to Sanskrit īrmá, Avestan arəma-, OPruss irmo arm; not akin to Latin arma arm2

Related forms

armed, adjectivearm·like, adjective

Can be confused

alms arms
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British Dictionary definitions for arm and a leg (1 of 3)

arm

1
/ (ɑːm) /

noun

verb

(tr) archaic to walk arm in arm with

Derived Forms

armless, adjectivearmlike, adjective

Word Origin for arm

Old English; related to German Arm, Old Norse armr arm, Latin armus shoulder, Greek harmos joint

British Dictionary definitions for arm and a leg (2 of 3)

arm

2
/ (ɑːm) /

verb (tr)

to equip with weapons as a preparation for war
to provide (a person or thing) with something that strengthens, protects, or increases efficiencyhe armed himself against the cold
  1. to activate (a fuse) so that it will explode at the required time
  2. to prepare (an explosive device) for use by introducing a fuse or detonator
nautical to pack arming into (a sounding lead)

noun

(usually plural) a weapon, esp a firearm
See also arms

Word Origin for arm

C14: (n) back formation from arms, from Old French armes, from Latin arma; (vb) from Old French armer to equip with arms, from Latin armāre, from arma arms, equipment

British Dictionary definitions for arm and a leg (3 of 3)

ARM


abbreviation for

adjustable rate mortgage
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Medicine definitions for arm and a leg

arm

[ ärm ]

n.

An upper limb of the human body, connecting the hand and wrist to the shoulder.
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Idioms and Phrases with arm and a leg (1 of 2)

arm and a leg


An exorbitant amount of money, as in These resort hotels charge an arm and a leg for a decent meal, or Fixing the car is going to cost an arm and a leg. According to Eric Partridge, this hyperbolic idiom, which is always used in conjunction with verbs such as “cost,” “charge,” or “pay,” and became widely known from the 1930s on, probably came from the 19th-century American criminal slang phrase, if it takes a leg (that is, even at the cost of a leg), to express desperate determination.

Idioms and Phrases with arm and a leg (2 of 2)

arm


In addition to the idioms beginning with arm

  • arm and a leg
  • armed to the teeth
  • arm in arm

also see:

  • at arm's length
  • babe in arms
  • forewarned is forearmed
  • give one's eyeteeth (right arm)
  • long arm of the law
  • one-armed bandit
  • put the arm on
  • shot in the arm
  • take up arms
  • talk someone's arm off
  • twist someone's arm
  • up in arms
  • with one arm tied behind
  • with open arms
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