at arm's length

idiom

Definition of at arm's length

1 : from a distance that is the length of a person's arm It's best to view the painting at arm's length. holding a candle at arm's length
2 : in a condition that individuals act independently and without one having undue influence over another a deal arranged at arm's length

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