long arm


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long arm

n
1. power, esp far-reaching power: the long arm of the law.
2. make a long arm to reach out for something, as from a sitting position
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As I say, sir,' pompously went on the Mayor, 'the arm of the law is a strong arm, and a long arm.
Nathless now and again some luckless fellow would shoot awry and would be sent winding from a long arm blow from the tall lieutenant while the glade roared with laughter.
Once Granet paused to look down at the long arm of the sea on his left.
He reached for me with his long arm, and his nails tore my flesh as I leaped back from the clutch and gained the comparative safety of the side-wall.
Barbara's was not a long arm, by any means, and besides, she didn't hold it out straight, but bent a little.
Though the gray head has a loud voice, and a long arm, Le Renard will not hear him, nor feel him, in the woods.
For three minutes or more he was seen swimming like a dog, throwing his long arms straight out before him, and by turns revealing his brawny shoulders through the freezing foam.
Raoul found the garden-gate open, and rode straight in, without regarding the long arms, raised in anger, of an old man dressed in a jacket of violet-colored wool, and a large cap of faded velvet.
A smile came to his lips and he began making motions with his long arms to a man who was husking corn in one of the fields.
Those thou seest there," answered his master, "with the long arms, and some have them nearly two leagues long.
He attempted to dodge the long arms that reached for him; but, failing, drew a long knife that hung at his belt.
In the midst of the glade, on a pedestal of rocks roughly piled up, stood a cross of coral that extended its long arms that one might have thought were made of petrified blood.