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arm
British English: /ɑːm/
American English: /ɑrm/

Translation of arm in French:

noun

  • 1 (Anatomy) [figurative] arm in arm to give somebody one's arm
    donner le bras à quelqu'un
    to take somebody's arm
    prendre le bras de quelqu'un
    to take/hold somebody in one's arms
    prendre/tenir quelqu'un dans ses bras
    to have something over/under one's arm
    avoir quelque chose sur/sous le bras
    to fold one's arms
    se croiser les bras
    in ou within arm's reach
    à portée de la main
  • 3 (influence) See examples: to have a long arm the long arm of the law
    le bras de la justice

also: arms plural noun

  • 1 (weapons)
    armes
    fpl
    under arms
    sous les armes
    to take up arms
    [figurative]
    s'insurger
    against contre
    to be up in arms
    (in revolt)
    être en rébellion
    against contre
    (angry)
    être furieux/-ieuse
  • 2 (Heraldry)
    armes
    fpl, fpl
    coat of arms

transitive verb

  • 1 (militarily)
    (troops, rebels, missile, warhead)
  • 2 (equip)to arm somebody with
    [literal] [figurative]
    munir quelqu'un de
    (tool, information etc)

reflexive verb

  • to arm oneself
    (Military)
    s'armer
    to arm oneself with
    [literal]
    s'armer de
    (weapon, facts, statistics)

Idioms

[informal]
to cost an arm and a leg

coûter les yeux de la tête

to keep somebody at arm's length

tenir quelqu'un à distance

a list as long as my arm

une liste qui n'en finit plus

to twist somebody's arm

faire pression sur quelqu'un, exercer des pressions sur quelqu'un

with open arms

à bras ouverts

I would give my right arm for/to do

je donnerais tout ce que j'ai pour/pour faire

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