- not closely or intimately connected or associated; distant; remote: an arm’s-length relationship.
- lacking intimacy or friendliness, esp when possessing some special connection, such as previous closenesswe now have an arm’s-length relationship
- (of commercial transactions) in accordance with market values, disregarding any connection such as common ownership of the companies involved
1650s, from At arm’s end is recorded from 1570s.(n.1) + .