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  • n. A pole tool used for handling things too far away to reach.
  • n. Influence, far-reaching power.
  • n. A gun with a long barrel, such as a rifle or shotgun.


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  • He little thought that one of the most distinguished and most venomous of British critics would make a long arm across the Atlantic, and hold up his prattlings to ridicule and condemnation.

    Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century

  • I thought you were the long arm of the SOS come to give me a bollocking for taking so long.

    Conferences are Murder

  • Directed by the same long arm to my non-native England, I was placed under the protection of the Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart, an eternal boarding school for ambiguous Catholic orphans of the male gender set among the rolling Sussex Downs.

    the mission song

  • But even within this inner fortress of the law the long arm of the Freemen was able to extend.


  • His hat sailed on to the chest of drawers and he made a long arm for the tooth-glass.

    More Work for the Undertaker

  • One inelegantly long arm drooped at either side, each looking like that of a gorilla.

    The Brothers' War

  • He slid in and stretched a long arm over to the glove-box lid.

    Bad Luck and Trouble

  • What happened next, however, was that the bargee made no protest, but merely looked at the Superintendent in some surprise, and as he stood in the doorway stretched out his long arm and offered his hand, mumbling:

    Maigret and the Bum

  • This done, I was placed in charge of my former escort, who struck across country from the rear of the Man-tse-ying, passed two or three other forts and numerous entrenchments and redoubts, and finally reached the water on the inner side of the long arm of land enclosing the West Port.

    Under the Dragon Flag

  • 'Well, "returned her father, smiling whimsically," it was a good deal like what they call' the long arm of coincidence 'in story-books, and yet it was very simple, after all!

    The Slipper Point Mystery


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