Definition of keep someone/something at arm's length in English:

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keep someone/something at arm's length

Avoid intimacy or close contact with someone or something.
Example sentences
  • McNealy has long fought to keep the government at arm's length from big business and says that too much intrusion could be enough to take the fun out of being a CEO.
  • He deliberately kept his sister at arm's length; what few real close friends he had you could probably count on one hand.
  • She said that they still talked, but she kept him at arm's length; they were not as close.
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