Instead of red roses, spring flowers known as snowdrops are a popular flower choice on Valentine’s Day in Denmark. Danish men send gækkebrev, which is a funny poem or rhyme written on intricately cut paper. The joke is there is no signature just a series of dots. If the women guess the identity of the sender, she will receive an Easter egg, usually made of candy, on Easter Sunday.
Hello and welcome to episode 35…of…An Idiom a Day
I’m Gina Johnson and the idiom of the day…is…hold someone at arm’s length
I don’t think you can hold someone you truly love at arm’s length on purpose. They’ll always end up in your arms.
hold someone at arm’s length…is to not allow someone to become too friendly with you…to avoid being very close emotionally or physically with someone or something
During the divorce, she avoided being close to her in-laws.
Here is the same sentence using the idiom … hold someone at arm’s length
During the divorce, she held her in-laws at arm’s length.
Here are a few more sentences using the idiom… hold someone at arm’s length
After the death of her child, she held her friends with children at arm’s length.
To protect his privacy, the celebrity holds his fans at arm’s length.
My son held his sister’s diaper at arm’s length while walking to the trash.
an alternative to hold someone at arm’s length… is…keep someone or something at arm’s length
The couple rarely speaks to each other. They keep ..each other at arm’s length.
Her colleagues no longer trust her and are keeping her at arm’s length.
What would you do if you felt distance growing between you and a friend?
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