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by main strength and awkwardness

Rur. by force or brute strength. Tom: How did you get that piano up the stairs? Mary: By main strength and awkwardness. By main strength and awkwardness, we got all the luggage crammed into the car.

main strength and awkwardness

Fig. great force; brute force. They finally got the piano moved in to the living room by main strength and awkwardness. Lifting the antique table must be done carefully. This is not a job requiring main strength and awkwardness.
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Catherine began to feel something of disappointment -- she was tired of being continually pressed against by people, the generality of whose faces possessed nothing to interest, and with all of whom she was so wholly unacquainted that she could not relieve the irksomeness of imprisonment by the exchange of a syllable with any of her fellow captives; and when at last arrived in the tea-room, she felt yet more the awkwardness of having no party to join, no acquaintance to claim, no gentleman to assist them.
This gentleness and violence on his part was a curious blend similar to the one in his carriage of awkwardness and ease.
And then there was that faint and unmistakable touch of awkwardness in his movements.
He was smiling--his rare, beautiful smile which only children ever saw--and he lifted his hat to the girls with no trace of the shyness and awkwardness for which he was notorious.
His blushes, his stumbles, his awkwardness, and the number of feet which he crushed as he went back to his place, who shall describe or calculate?
I don't care about Captain Dobbin's complexion," she said, "or about his awkwardness.
In her memories of Vronsky there always entered a certain element of awkwardness, though he was in the highest degree well-bred and at ease, as though there were some false note--not in Vronsky, he was very simple and nice, but in herself, while with Levin she felt perfectly simple and clear.
You don't in the least know how to do it; but I'll overlook your awkwardness in consideration of your feelings.
The cue was still in my hand, and I went on knocking the balls about, to take off the awkwardness of the thing.
Though her abstract works often contain figurative allusions, the sculptures are better understood on a purely formal level: In Two Faces, 1969, for instance, it is the different placement of the holes letting space and light into the dense stones (Hepworth's longtime friend Henry Moore seems an influence) and the polished awkwardness of the asymmetrical pieces, as well as their at-odds position next to each other, that lend the piece its aesthetic credibility.
Being a native of Palos Verdes, the awkwardness seemed endearing and even seemed to spur on the Southern California crowd behind her.
The potential confusion and awkwardness resulting from the public access children have been given to sensitive information about the President was the catalyst for this special.
Camp'' is a little rough around the edges - Graff, the first-time director, has trouble juggling characters, resisting formula and keeping the whole thing moving forward - but its awkwardness ends up being part of its charm.
Beecroft's early-'90s performances and drawings had a raw awkwardness and used her own body fascism (eating disorders) to choreograph the confluence of vicious control and hungry stupor.
Banks'' is best when concentrating on Cody's sweet awkwardness with girls.