Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

arm(ed) (sb) with (sth)

arm somebody with somethingarmed with something
Meaning(s)
1) provide yourself or others with the equipment or information needed for something
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    • arm yourself with facts and figures
  • Analysis

     If you are 'armed with' something, you have what is necessary to get a specific task done or to understand how something works. A politician might prepare for a debate armed with all the statistics they need; a candidate for an interview might be prepared by arming themselves with enough research about the company and the job to impress the employer, or a mechanic might arm themselves with all the tools necessary to fix a faulty machine or vehicle. Whatever is needed to get the job done or to perform something well, preparing yourself means that you are 'armed with' what it takes.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The soldiers were armed with rifles and night vision googles before undertaking the dangerous mission.
    2. I wasn't armed with the skills to entertain fifteen four-year-olds at my sons birthday party.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. I armed Robert with all the relevant facts and figures before he went into the meeting.
    2. Sarah spent the days before her big interview arming herself with details about how the company operates.
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