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

Arm idioms list

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

idiomatic expressions with body parts - arm phrases

arm in arm

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

arm phrases list - 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.

arm idioms and phrases - cost an arm and a leg meaning

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.

arm phrases - give one's right arm

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.

arm idioms - keep at arm’s length meaning

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.

arm idioms list - the long arm of the law meaning

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.

arm idioms - twist someone’s arm meaning

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%.

arm idioms and expressions - up in arms meaning

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 expressions- with open arms

body part idiom with ‘arm’ quiz

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