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arm's length

noun

Definition of arm's length

  1. 1 :  a distance discouraging personal contact or familiarity <kept former friends at arm's length now>

  2. 2 :  the condition or fact that the parties to a transaction are independent and on an equal footing

arm's–length adjective


1707

First Known Use of arm's length

1707


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