Definition of as long as one's (or someone's) arm in English:

as long as one's (or someone's) arm

phrase

informal
  • Very long.

    ‘I have a list of vices as long as your arm’
    • ‘The business employs some 20 full and part-time people and there's a waiting list as long as your arm of young girls wanting to don the mob-cap on Saturdays and in school holidays.’
    • ‘‘If one had a record as long as one's arm, wouldn't a circus be the ideal place to hide,’ the judge commented.’
    • ‘The list of ingredients was as long as your arm, and it was pretty much artificial everything.’
    • ‘There were many times that the police were forced to drag us away from our protests, and I probably would have had a criminal record as long as your arm if the magistrate hadn't been Cecil's brother.’
    • ‘He was an ex-Hells Angel; he had a police record as long as your arm but when I moved in he was cool. He'd calmed down and all his youthful anti-social behaviour was a thing of the past.’
    • ‘In a couple of days I might be posting a list of issues as long as your arm, but right now, two hours after completion, I'm a happy customer.’
    • ‘The man elected chairman that opening night was a retired Brigadier with a pedigree as long as your arm, and a penchant for shouting orders at subordinates.’
    • ‘What's more, we guarantee that it will be in the bookshops before Christmas with lists of pre-sale orders that are as long as your arm.’
    • ‘The list is as long as your arm, but the beneficiaries may have been as surprised as anyone else.’
    • ‘Twelve years ago he was a healthy marathon runner, but now he has a list of symptoms as long as your arm.’
    • ‘They know what is going on because I have a list of crime reference numbers as long as my arm.’
    • ‘He has a fantastic c.v. as long as your arm including all kinds of community service and professional accomplishment.’
    • ‘We have a list as long as your arm of stuff to do before they arrive - sort out beds, clean the hovel we live in etc etc.’
    • ‘He's got a record as long as your arm and I think a few months in prison would be the wake-up call he needs.’
    • ‘He's got a record as long as your arm, starting with petty theft and working his way up to your house.’
    • ‘‘Straight away people are coming up to us with a big list as long as their arm of people doing bad things,’ he said.’
    • ‘Finally, just as you thought it was safe to hang up Santa's stocking, along came a show with a Christmas list as long as your arm.’
    • ‘Given his level of popularity amongst work colleagues, family and the wider public the suspect list is as long as your arm.’
    • ‘There's also another 'To Do' list as long as my arm, but I'm feeling too ill to do any of it.’
    • ‘Before I knew it I had a pile of book as long as my arm and twice as high.’