arm's length


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a distance sufficient to exclude intimacy

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said Menneville, firing his pistol, almost within arm's length.
A few steps more, and it was within an arm's length, distinct, dark with moisture, and insignificant in size.
He held me from him at arm's length and stared about in annoyance and perplexity.
Then the snow began to fall so thickly that the little boy could not see an arm's length before him, but still on he went: when suddenly he let go the string he held in his hand in order to get loose from the sledge, but it was of no use; still the little vehicle rushed on with the quickness of the wind.
cried Levin, and looking round he perceived with satisfaction that Veslovsky, bent and stumbling with weariness, holding his gun out at arm's length, was making his way out of the marsh towards the peasants.
Brott has shown himself quite capable of keeping her at arm's length.
But he regained himself quickly and, at arm's length, struck back a blow at Little John, and this time the stroke reached its mark, and down went Little John at full length, his cudgel flying from his hand as he fell.
But the pot was beyond arm's length and beside Henry.
what an appalling look old Lobbs gave him, as he dragged him out by the collar, and held him at arm's length.
He struck at his captor, only to be twisted about and held at arm's length.
Holding the girl at arm's length in one hand, Number One tore the battling Chinaman from him with the other, and lifting him bodily above his head, hurled him stunned and bleeding against the bole of a giant buttress tree.
Still clinging to my rifle, I rose again, to see the lioness struggling in her death throes but an arm's length from me.
Then, stepping into his extended hand, and condescending to be held out at arm's length, he gave vent to a succession of sounds, not unlike the drawing of some eight or ten dozen of long corks, and again asserted his brimstone birth and parentage with great distinctness.
exclaimed Blandois, taking off his hat at arm's length, and bringing his heels together from a great stride in making him a flourishing bow.
He had raised the candle at arm's length towards one of the dark shelves, and Mr Wegg had turned to look, when he broke off.