at arm's length
At a distance, avoiding intimacy or familiarity, as in Bill hated seeing his colleagues outside the office, preferring to keep all of them at arm's length, or She was friendly only when he was safely at arm's length. Now often used with the verb keep, this term for distancing oneself from a person, organization, or issue originated as at arm's end but developed its current form by the mid-1600s.
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How to use at arm's length in a sentence
To his critics, he explained—sometimes at painful length—his reasoning against it.
At St. Barnabas Hospital, Pellerano was listed in stable condition with wounds to his chest and arm.
The big slug happened to hit the suspect in the street, passing through his arm and then striking Police Officer Andrew Dossi.
Dossi initially was listed in critical condition with wounds to his arm and lower back.
She is wearing a crop top, and Andrew has his arm wrapped around her waist.Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It ended on a complaint that she was 'tired rather and spending my time at full length on a deck-chair in the garden.'The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
She was holding the back of her chair with one hand; her loose sleeve had slipped almost to the shoulder of her uplifted arm.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
In Spain he was regarded as the right arm of the ultra-clericals and a possible supporter of Carlism.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
These sections also have vibrations of their own which are of shorter length and more rapid motion.
Besides this fundamental or primary vibration, the movement divides itself into segments, or sections, of the entire length.