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the long (or strong) arm of the law

Definition of the long or strong arm of the law in English:

The far-reaching power of the law: the long arm of the law caught up with him
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  • And if there is evidence, which merits prosecution and arrests, I believe that the long arm of the law should catch whoever has perpetuated such crimes.
  • They will not generally be expected to act as the strong arm of the law but they can very usefully serve as its eyes and ears.
  • ‘Without massive logistics, they cannot possibly maintain their shadowy network of cells and they cannot run from one hideout to another in a bid to outrun the long arm of the law,’ he noted.
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