arms of affection

Definition of arms of affection

heraldry
: arms assumed out of gratitude to a benefactor and borne quartered with one's paternal arms

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“Arms of affection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arms%20of%20affection. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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