long arm of the law
long arm of the law meaning
- the extensive influence of the authorities
- the vast strength of the law enforcement and legal system
- the influence and effectiveness of law enforcing institutions
- It is not easy for criminals to escape the long arm of the law in a developed country like United Kingdom.
- The criminal had been hiding out for years, but the long arm of the law finally caught up with him and now he is in prison.
- Be careful of committing fraud my friend! The long arm of the law will catch up with you some day or the other.
- Was he thinking that the long arm of the law would not be able to catch him if he fled to another country?
- I think he's realized by now that there's no escaping the long arm of the law.
- It is not easy to escape the long arm of the law if you have committed a crime.
- It is useless trying to escape from the authorities after you have committed a crime. The long arm of the law will catch you sooner or later.
- After years of having conned people to give their money to him, the long arm of the law finally caught up with him.
The phrase originated in a different form, as "Kings have long arms" in 1539. The current version has been in use since 1908.
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