What is an arm?

An arm is the upper limb on the body between the hand and the shoulder. The plural is ‘arms’.

idioms with the body part ‘arm’

Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the body part ‘arm’.


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idiomatic expressions with body parts - arm phrases
arm phrases list - arm in arm
arm idioms and phrases - cost an arm and a leg meaning
arm phrases - give one's right arm
arm idioms - keep at arm’s length meaning
arm idioms list - the long arm of the law meaning
arm idioms - twist someone’s arm meaning
arm idioms and expressions - up in arms meaning
arm idioms and expressions- with open arms

arm in arm – two or more people with linked arms
e.g. Oscar and his new girlfriend were spotted walking around arm in arm.

​cost an arm and a leg – be very expensive
e.g. 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 – you would do anything to do/get something
e.g. Lucy would give her right arm to meet One Direction.

keep at arm’s length – avoid being too close or friendly with someone/something
e.g. There is something not quite right about Jeffrey, I’m going to keep him at arm’s length.

the long arm of the law – the power of the police/justice system
e.g. After 7 years on the run, the long arm of the law finally caught up with him.

twist someone’s arm – persuade someone to do something they are reluctant to do
e.g. Please come out for a drink, I’ll keep twisting your arm until you do.

up in arms – be angry and strongly protest about something
e.g. The citizens were up in arms about the decision to raise taxes by 25%.

with open arms – in a very warm, kind and friendly way
e.g. We greeted our new son-in-law with open arms.

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