arm's-length

[ ahrmz-lengkth, -length ]
/ ˈɑrmzˌlɛŋkθ, -ˌlɛŋθ /

adjective

not closely or intimately connected or associated; distant; remote: an arm's-length relationship.

Origin of arm's-length

First recorded in 1645–55
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British Dictionary definitions for arm's-length

arm's-length


adjective

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