With open arms

With open arms :

Out of the ark

Extremely old-fashioned

The ark referred to is the biblical Noah's ark (Genesis 6-7) in which Noah endeavoured to save his family and two of every kind of animal from the Flood.

A call to arms

A call to make ready for confrontation

Cost an arm and a leg

Be extremely expensive – informal

Give an arm and a leg for

Pay a high price for

Keep someone at arm's length = Keep something at arm's length

Avoid intimacy or close contact with someone or something

The long arm of coincidence

The far-reaching power of coincidence

The long arm of the law = The strong arm of the law

The police seen as a far-reaching or intimidating power

As long as your arm

Very long – informal

Put the arm on

Attempt to force or coerce someone to do something - North American informal

Up in arms about

Protesting angrily about something

1994 - Asian Times - A lack of checks and balances or legal redress for workers have trade unions up in arms.

With open arms

With great affection or enthusiasm

Would give your right arm for

Be willing to pay a high price for

Greatly desire to have or do – Informal

An armchair critic = armchair traveller = armchair politician

A person who knows about a subject only by reading or hearing about it and criticizes without active experience or first-hand knowledge

The phrase armchair critic is first recorded in 1896, but the concept was around at least a decade earlier

In 1886 Joseph Chamberlain sneered at opponents as armchair politicians. Another common variant is armchair traveller, meaning someone who travels in their imagination only.

Armed at all points

Prepared in every particular

Armed to the teeth

Carrying a lot of weapons

Heavily equipped

Up to your armpits

Deeply involved in a particular unpleasant situation or enterprise - chiefly US

You and whose army?

Used to express disbelief in someone's ability to carry out a threat - informal

Have been around

Have a lot of varied experience of the world especially a lot of sexual experience – informal

An arrow in the quiver

One of a number of resources or strategies that can be drawn on or followed

Arrow of time arrow = Arrow of time times arrow

The direction of travel from past to future in time considered as a physical dimension

A straight arrow

An honest or genuine person - North American

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