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Idiom of the week- Keep someone/something at arm’s length

Posted by englishlessons on March 7, 2012

Definition:

keep someone/something at such a distance that physical or social contact is discouraged

Examples:

To avoid a conflict of interest, we need to keep them at arm’s length.

The legislators are supposed to keep the lobbyists at arm’s length.

Picture it:

Hold out your arms in front of you. If you maintain that distance, you can’t get too close to another person.

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