might makes right


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might makes right

Having superior strength or power gives one the ability to control something or enforce one's own agenda, beliefs, justice, etc. The military overthrew the government to seize control over the country. Might makes right yet again. Back in my day, might made right in school—if you were one of the weaker students, you did what the stronger ones said.
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Might makes right.

Prov. Cliché The stronger of two opponents will always control the situation. Child: How come the country with the biggest army always tells the other countries what to do? Father: Might makes right.
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might makes right

Superior strength can enforce one's will or dictate justice, as in The generals dismissed the parliament and imprisoned the premier-might makes right in that country , or The big boys wouldn't let the little ones use the basketball, a case of might makes right . This expression was first recorded in English about 1327.
See also: make, might, right