keep somebody/something at arm’s length

također: hold somebody/something at arm’s length

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We proposed a tax break for companies that treat their workers well, but lawmakers are keeping the idea at arm’s length for now.
She doesn’t talk much about it because she needs to hold these painful experiences at arm’s length.
Tom had found himself being sarcastic toward others and keeping them at arm’s length.