Meaning of “the long arm of the law” in the English Dictionary

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"the long arm of the law" in British English

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the long arm of the law

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the police:

You can't escape the long arm of the law (= the police will catch you if you have done something illegal).

(Definition of “the long arm of the law” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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