Arm idioms and phrases
Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the body part ‘arm’.
- arm in arm
meaning – two or more people with linked arms
example – Oscar and his new girlfriend were spotted walking around arm in arm.
- cost an arm and a leg
meaning – be very expensive
example – We won’t be going to that Italian again. It costs an arm and a leg, and the menu is basic.
- give one’s right arm
meaning – you would do anything to do/get something
example – Lucy would give her right arm to meet One Direction.
- keep at arm’s length
meaning – avoid being too close or friendly with someone/something
example – There is something not quite right about Jeffrey, I’m going to keep him at arm’s length.
- the long arm of the law
meaning – the power of the police/justice system
example – After 7 years on the run, the long arm of the law finally caught up with him.
- twist someone’s arm
meaning – persuade someone to do something they are reluctant to do
example – Please come out for a drink, I’ll keep twisting your arm until you do.
- up in arms
meaning – be angry and strongly protest about something
example – The citizens were up in arms about the decision to raise taxes by 25%.
- with open arms
meaning – in a very warm, kind and friendly way
example – We greeted our new son-in-law with open arms.
Arm idioms and phrases – picture examples
Idioms can be hard to grasp, so here is the list of arm idioms and phrases with some picture examples.
body part idiom with ‘arm’ quiz
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