Make a long arm

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Make a long arm (prov.) to help one's self liberally at table
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Quotations

  • Sarah Bernhardt
    Sarah Bernhardt
    “For the theatre one needs long arms; it is better to have them too long than too short. An artiste with short arms can never, never make a fine gesture.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lang; Ger. lang, Ice. langr.

Usage

In literature:

I will not make peace as long as a single armed enemy remains in my country!
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
This will be found to open the lungs and make a long walk less fatiguing, except for the strain on the arms.
"Spinifex and Sand" by David W Carnegie
Make a long arm, Miss Patty, and hand them cakes.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
Make a long arm and gather in a cigar.
"The Little Warrior" by P. G. Wodehouse
Do you think you could make a long arm, and haul it off the parent tin-tack?
"Mike" by P. G. Wodehouse
The disappointment was not great enough to make us lay down our arms, but we knew it would be many a long day before peace was in the land.
"On Commando" by Dietlof Van Warmelo
Knowing that such a mood could not last long, she hastened to make it available: she bent down, and put her arms around Sophie's neck.
"Bressant" by Julian Hawthorne
Another moment, and by making a long arm, he could reach the table.
"The Land of Promise" by D. Torbett
Make a long arm and gather in a cigar.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Finally, with her long, slender, sharp stylets, she makes a hole in your cheek or your arm, pushes in her sucking-beak, and pumps up the blood.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
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In news:

Instructor Bonnie Ambrosi assists Sharon Robertson as she makes a long stretch forward with her arms during a yoga exercise.
His height – 6 feet, 5 inches – and his arm span and long torso make him a perfect athlete for the sport.
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