arm's-length

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

adjective

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

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON THESE WORDS FROM BROWN GIRL DREAMING!

Visualize yourself passing this quiz on words from Jacqueline Woodson’s exquisite verse novel “Brown Girl Dreaming,” and then take the quiz to prove you can do it! (Because you can.)
Question 1 of 10
What does “barren” mean?

Origin of arm's-length

First recorded in 1645–55
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for arm's-length

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012