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What is the proper technical style for the phrase "arms length"? EXAMPLE:
Inspections must be performed at a distance no greater than arms length from
I have three possibilities:
a. arms length,
b. arm's length, and
A group of writers authored the instructions I am editing and each author
wrote the phrase differently. Our company style manual does not cover this
phrase. I googled the web and came up with many different variants. I would
prefer a more accurate term (e.g., "inspections must be performed within
three feet of the widget"), but I have to use this phrase.
The NORDAM Group
Nacelle/Thrust Reverser Systems Division
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