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

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First Known Use of arm's length

1655


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