arm's length


arm's length

noun

Definition of ARM'S LENGTH

1
:  a distance discouraging personal contact or familiarity <kept former friends at arm's length now>
2
:  the condition or fact that the parties to a transaction are independent and on an equal footing
arm's–length adjective

First Known Use of ARM'S LENGTH

1707

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: arms of adoption
Previous Word in the Dictionary: armscye
All Words Near: arm's length

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up arm's length? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).