[ahrmz-lengkth, -length]
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Origin of arm's-length

First recorded in 1645–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for arm's-length

distant, remote

British Dictionary definitions for arm's-length


  1. lacking intimacy or friendliness, esp when possessing some special connection, such as previous closenesswe now have an arm's-length relationship
  2. (of commercial transactions) in accordance with market values, disregarding any connection such as common ownership of the companies involved
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