at arm's length

Definition of at arm's length

  1. 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. 2 :  in a condition that individuals act independently and without one having undue influence over another a deal arranged at arm's length

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a human upper limb

    :  the part between the shoulder and the wrist

    :  something like or corresponding to an arm: such as

  1. :  to furnish or equip with weapons

    :  to furnish with something that strengthens or protects

    :  to equip or ready for action or operation

  1. :  a means (such as a weapon) of offense or defense

    :  firearm

    :  a combat branch (as of an army)

  1. :  the longer or longest dimension of an object

    :  the quality or state of being long

    :  duration or extent in time

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to criticize severely

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