arm's-length


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arm's-length

adj
1. lacking intimacy or friendliness, esp when possessing some special connection, such as previous closeness: we now have an arm's-length relationship.
2. (Commerce) (of commercial transactions) in accordance with market values, disregarding any connection such as common ownership of the companies involved
References in classic literature ?
He did his graces over again: gripped me with one talon, at arm's-length, pressed his hat against his stomach with the other, bent his body in the middle three times, murmuring:
The bonds of horror that held her burst asunder when it was within arm's-length.
However, the bird, who had only been stunned, recovering himself gave me so many boxes with his wings, on both sides of my head and body, though I held him at arm's-length, and was out of the reach of his claws, that I was twenty times thinking to let him go.
Then he held her at arm's-length, and they looked straight into each other's eyes.
Mademoiselle Noemie had collected her accessories, and she gave the precious Madonna in charge to her father, who retreated backwards out of sight, holding it at arm's-length and reiterating his obeisance.
She walked out of the kitchen ahead of them and pausing in the hall raised the lamp at arm's-length, as if to light them up the stairs.
We pegged and quaffed away in silence for a while, until the time came when, instead of sitting bolt upright, and grasping the knife and fork firmly, we leant back in our chairs and worked slowly and carelessly - when we stretched out our legs beneath the table, let our napkins fall, unheeded, to the floor, and found time to more critically examine the smoky ceiling than we had hitherto been able to do - when we rested our glasses at arm's-length upon the table, and felt good, and thoughtful, and forgiving.
What I could not endure without pangs of secret jealousy was that he should like Heine, too, and should read him, though it was but an arm's-length in an English version.
With both hands on her shoulders he held her at arm's-length from him and looked long into her eyes, no longer cool but seemingly pervaded with a golden flush.
Conscious of having honestly presented himself at the inn in Anne's interests, as well as in the interests of the ladies at Windygates, it appealed to his sense of humor to find himself kept at arm's-length by the very woman whom he had come to benefit.
For example, does the employee's pay reasonably compare to that an arm's-length employee would accept for similar work?
Although the court agreed that unrelated parties would not share such costs, it concluded that the more specific cost-sharing provision in the regulations (which required parties to share "all costs") trumped the general arm's-length requirement.