arm's length


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Noun1.Arm's length - a distance sufficient to exclude intimacyarm's length - a distance sufficient to exclude intimacy
distance, length - size of the gap between two places; "the distance from New York to Chicago"; "he determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points"
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cried Menneville, seeing that he was within an arm's length of the door.
He held the pistol in his right hand at arm's length, apparently afraid of shooting himself with it.
said he, holding me at arm's length, so that the light from the door fell on my face.
Immense, I tell you," persisted Madame Ratignolle, surveying the sketches one by one, at close range, then holding them at arm's length, narrowing her eyes, and dropping her head on one side.
Well, now, if I take this book, and hold it out at arm's length, of course I feel its weight.
She silently assented, and with her stool at arm's length, and the pail against her knee, went round to where they stood.
With that he got upon his feet, took off his hat, and prayed a little while aloud, and in affecting terms, for a young man setting out into the world; then suddenly took me in his arms and embraced me very hard; then held me at arm's length, looking at me with his face all working with sorrow; and then whipped about, and crying good-bye to me, set off backward by the way that we had come at a sort of jogging run.
Then he held it at arm's length as if to take in the whole at one delicious survey, and then he rubbed his hands in a perfect ecstasy with his commission.
Well, indeed," said he, holding her off at arm's length, and looking admiringly at her, "you are a pretty little fellow.
He saw her stagger to her feet, holding the baby at arm's length from her, her eyes glued in horror upon the little chubby face and twinkling eyes.
He thrust out his hand and held his assailant away at arm's length.
Here he held Martin off at arm's length and ran his beaming eyes over Martin's second-best suit, which was also his worst suit, and which was ragged and past repair, though the trousers showed the careful crease he had put in with Maria's flat-irons.