left, right | upper
the muscles of the upper arm
| strong | good
He used his good arm to support his weight.
| bad, broken, weak, withered
I've got a bad arm so I'm afraid I can't help you.
They're sure to welcome you with open arms.
VERB + ARM
bend, move | lower, raise
The figure in the boat raised an arm.
| break, dislocate, hurt, twist | hold out, open, stretch out
He held out his arms with a broad smile.
| cross, fold
She folded her arms and stared at him.
The couple linked arms and set off along the beach.
He was running towards them, waving his arms.
| catch (at), catch hold of, grab, take
A hand reached out and caught hold of her arm. She moved towards her father and took his arm.
| grip, hold, squeeze, touch | fall into
They fell into each other's arms.
| draw/gather/pull sb into, take sb in
He pulled her into his arms and kissed her.
| hold sb in
ARM + VERB
drop | hang
His arm hung awkwardly against his side.
Her arms tightened convulsively round the child.
by the ~
The officer grabbed him by the arm (= grabbed his arm).
| in sb's ~
The child lay in its mother's arms.
| on the ~
She touched him gently on the arm.
| on your ~
Lucy felt the warm sun on her bare arms. He walked in with a tall blonde on his arm (= next to him and holding his arm).
| under an/your ~
She carried the dog under one arm.
arm in arm
They walked along arm in arm (= with the arm of one person linked with the arm of the other),
at arm's length
He held the dirty rag at arm's length (= as far away from his body as possible).
| the crook of an/sb's arm
She lay curled up in the crook of his arm.
| fling/put/throw, etc. your arms around/round sb/sth
He ran towards her and flung his arms around her. He put an arm around her shoulders.
| in each other's arms
They fell asleep in each other's arms (= holding each other).
| with arms akimbo
(= with your arms bent and your hands on your hips)She stood looking at him with arms akimbo.
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