from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The span or reach of one's arm; an arm's-length.


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  • The last fragment of moon rind, a wicked luminescent trapezoid, convex, wide as a man's arm-span, sharp at the edges as a flint spearhead, we wrapped in a blanket and pulled down.

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  • She cruised around our apartment, obviously steady on her feet, for months, keeping one small hand on the couch or a table or a chair, using a push-walker to cover distances that exceeded her arm-span.

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  • Remember, we're going to spread out an arm-span apart from one another.

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  • With walls at least twenty feet apart, that meant an arm-span of fifteen feet, maybe more.


  • Wickert's arm-span and reach always have been strengths.

  • A man who has to stand on a box just to kiss his missus wanted to play a bloke with an arm-span wider than he is tall.

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