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11 / 06 / 2007

BODY EXPRESSIONS: ARM: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you had a nice weekend.

Last January we looked at different expressions with body parts (e.g., finger, butt, neck and leg). This week we will look at some more body expressions.

Today's 1st expression is: to cost an arm and a leg or to pay an arm and a leg

It means: to cost a lot of money, or to pay a lot of money.

Example 1
Please be careful with that painting. It cost me an arm and a leg.

Today's 2nd expression is: to keep somebody at arm's length

It means: to avoid having a close relationship with somebody; to avoid becoming involved with someone.  

Example 2:
He keeps all of his clients at arm's length. He doesn't like to mix business with pleasure.

You can also keep something at arm's length, but this refers to an actual physical distance. It's when you hold something away from your body with your arm stretched out straight.   

Example 3:
The soldier held his sword (espada) in front of him, at arm's length.

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