The (long) arm of the law
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British pronunciation/ðə lˈɒŋ ˈɑːm ɒvðə lˈɔː/
American pronunciation/ðə lˈɑːŋ ˈɑːɹm ʌvðə lˈɔː/
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used to refer to the ability of legal system and police to enforce justice and punish criminals

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the (long|) arm of the law definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "the arm of the law" and when to use it?

The idiom "the arm of the law" likely emerged from the idea that the law reaches out like an arm to maintain order and administer justice. The phrase is often used to describe the actions and interventions of law enforcement agencies, such as police officers, in maintaining order, upholding laws, and apprehending criminals. It can be used in news reports, legal discussions, and conversations about crime and punishment.

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Before they were finally apprehended, the long arm of the law was actively pursuing the criminal.
The long arm of the law apprehended the suspect and brought them to trial.
Investigating the case, the arm of the law is currently gathering evidence.
The community can rely on the arm of the law to protect and serve.
Law enforcement, represented by the arm of the law, diligently upholds justice in society.
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