What does long arm of the law mean?

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Noun
  1. (the) The influence or effectiveness of law enforcement institutions; law enforcement officers collectively.
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Let there be no outcry when the long arm of the law extends itself to these sectors, as indeed we believe, it will soon do.
This film follows the exploits of the Kelly Gang from 1878 to 1880 as they rob banks and dodge the long arm of the law.
He added that he had all but forgotten the murder, but the long arm of the law had an even longer memory.
They insisted the wooden piece was a work of art and should not have been manhandled by the long arm of the law.
Though clearly visible, face up, from the outside, the fact it wasn't in the designated display spot had attracted the long arm of the law.
But he takes a stab at understanding why some relationships did not threaten the social order, and thus escaped the long arm of the law, and others did not.

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