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Synonyms for arm

upper limb



an arm and a leg


would give your right arm for something


  • would do anything for
  • would kill for
  • would sell your own grandmother for
  • would give your eye teeth for

Synonyms for arm

something resembling or structurally analogous to a tree branch

a part added to a main structure

a component of government that performs a given function

Synonyms for arm

any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm


Related Words

the part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and forearm of a seated person

the part of a garment that is attached at the armhole and that provides a cloth covering for the arm

prepare oneself for a military confrontation

supply with arms

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The advisers are being kept at arm's length, but their role is privately
Residue, traces, and shadows; quiet dramas intriguingly suggested but never fully revealed: Though tantalizing clues are offered (a burning sofa in Gone for Good, 2006; a sculpture of a blood-streaked, half-nude woman in Hobnob, 2010), clear meanings are kept at arm's length, and, likewise, Andersson's provocative, often cleverly turned titles raise as many questions as they answer.
Tamworth were kept at arm's length after the break with Gateshead only occasionally seen on an attacking front, Shaw glancing an 81st-minute Gate cross inches wide.
Limited-overs cricket was played only at club level, commerce was kept at arm's length and the England Test side was widely recognised as the best in the world.
And the media generally kept at arm's length from the haloed walls of the Vatican is not letting him forget that.
Ayad Allawi, his Shiite predecessor, views Iran as a potential threat to be kept at arm's length.
Freche goes on to describe the emergence of the contrastingly highly politicized Hainaut grouping, which, thanks to Mesens, was kept at arm's length from the non-partisan bruxellois.
Of course, a sport that is friendly unto itself is logically bound to be welcoming and relaxed towards outsiders, which is why we are enfolded into the mix rather than kept at arm's length.
Plymouth were in the main kept at arm's length by a back four that has found a new resolve.
That's another reason why we sometimes feel kept at arm's length from ``Syriana''; as soon as a scene's plot point is made, we're transported halfway around the world, with little time to absorb the additional human dimensions that build dramatic resonance.
The conclusion is unavoidable: increased development costs tend to have an isolating effect, even for supposedly rugged military technology, because users are kept at arm's length and development times stretch into decades.
With a proper 'army' of doormen, working hand in hand with the police, trouble is more likely to be kept at arm's length.
That is why a great deal of sensitivity is required in dealing with the flag and anthem controversy -- and why the issue should be kept at arm's length from public education.
The relationship between you and your distributor should be friendly, but kept at arm's length.