the long arm of the law

noun phrase

Definition of the long arm of the law

: the ability of the police to find and catch people who commit crimes The long arm of the law finally caught up with him 30 years later.

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“The long arm of the law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20long%20arm%20of%20the%20law. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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