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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


He held her off at arms length and regarded her with admiration.

Michael tore off his tie and looked resentfully at it at arms length.

It was in vain that Van Gogh tried to hold him at arms length.

Aunt Katy has been holding me at arms length ever since I got home; and what have I done?

One at a time, Roger, he remarked, holding the other at arms length.

He held out the calabash at arms length and viewed it critically.

The latter, whilst holding other divines at arms length, took to Erasmus.

She held him at arms length and slowly slipped her hands from his and waved him back.

Was it this Betty had meant all the time, when she had kept him at arms length?

Then holding it at arms length, he drew it till the string touched his ear.