keep (someone or something) at arm's length

Definition of keep (someone or something) at arm's length

  1. :  to avoid being very close to or friendly with someone or something Since going to college, he has kept his old friends at arm's length. They no longer trust her and are keeping her at arm's length.

Word by Word Definitions

keepplay
  1. :  to retain in one's possession or power

    :  to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

    :  to have in control

  1. :  the means or provisions by which one is kept

    :  one that keeps or protects: such as

    :  fortress, castle

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

  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)

lengthplay
  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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