at arm's length


: 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
: in a condition that individuals act independently and without one having undue influence over another
a deal arranged at arm's length

Examples of at arm's length in a Sentence

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“At arm's length.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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