arms length relative

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 30 05:08:05 UTC 2009

Doug Harris just wrote, "Just found this in a note on a Facebook page
(of an arms-length relative of whom I'd never heard until two days
ago):"  I am unfamiliar with the expression "arms length relative," so
I googled it and got a total of 43 hits, the vast majority of which
use "relative" as a comparative in the structure "relative to."  The
only hit that seem similar to Doug's was

Even employees of arm's-length relative Qantas use the site regularly.
Keeping fresh. Simply putting its Q&As online was only the start for

I assume Doug meant a distant relative, otherwise known as a
"shirt-tail cousin."


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