force to be reckoned with


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force to be reckoned with

A person or thing considered to be strong, powerful, or difficult to defeat. They say the young boxer is a force to be reckoned with, so I'm betting he'll win the match tonight. The attorney may look petite and meek, but she's a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom.
See also: force, reckon

force to be reckoned with

Fig. someone or something that is important and powerful and must not be ignored. Walter is a force to be reckoned with. Be prepared to deal with him. The growing discontent with the political system is a powerful force to be reckoned with.
See also: force, reckon

force to be reckoned with

see under reckon with.
See also: force, reckon
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Be it Uzbekistan, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Iraq, Qatar or Saudi Arabia; Ireland have proved they are a force to be reckoned with on the World stage, having pushed Holland into third place in the qualifying group.
Holmes, 30, is now injury-free and thriving after three weeks of warm weather training in South Africa and admitted: 'I am looking to make my mark early this year and let the rest of the world know I am still a force to be reckoned with.
He is also in the Champion Stakes and wherever he goes he will have to be a force to be reckoned with.
Although Caucus chair Kweisi Mfume has attained cachet as a force to be reckoned with in the House, he cannot impose discipline on the Caucus's members.
His decision to start Kimmel International is a natural progression in the growth of the company, which is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry.
He is a force to be reckoned with and can only get better as his confidence grows.
I am a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division and it is my mission to be champion of the world.
Plus, as young as she is, we know Sofia will be a major force to be reckoned with on the women's professional circuit for many years to come.
Dylan also admitted McCartney was a force to be reckoned with.
Fox's edgy ascendance decidedly disappeared last year, as did the WB's; UPN became a force to be reckoned with thanks only to an intentionally stupid show viewed by exactly zero opinion-makers or pundits, which does zip for its further penetration into the nation's consciousness.
When we began receiving frequent inquiries from the O'Reilly Factor and even the BBC, that's when we knew that Sister 2 Sister magazine was well on its way to being a force to be reckoned with in the mainstream media.
Both of these product lines will ultimately have worldwide opportunities, as our cost structure will make us a force to be reckoned with.
Carla Bozulich, lead singer and creative spirit for Geraldine Fibbers, emerges as a songwriting force to be reckoned with on the band's sophomore effort.
Murphy will grow this division and make Littlefield Hospitality a force to be reckoned with.
Bob brings with him invaluable experience in recognizing opportunities and maximizing potential that will help us become a force to be reckoned with in the Linux marketplace.