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brute force

Strong physical force, perhaps that which is exercised without thought or consideration. I couldn't get my car out of the mud until my brothers came along and moved it by brute force. You can't just fix everything with brute force. Sometimes you need to use some finesse.
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brute force

Also, brute strength. Savage violence, unreasoning strength, as in We hope that reason will triumph over brute force. Although this expression is also used literally to mean exceptional physical power, the figurative sense reflects the origin for brute, which comes from Latin brutus, for "heavy, stupid, unreasoning." [First half of 1700s]
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brute force

Savage, senseless violence; also, sheer strength. The word “brute” came from the Latin brutus, which meant heavy, stupid, and unreasoning. The original meaning survives more in this cliché, dating from the eighteenth century, than in the modern English noun “brute,” which means simply an animal or a cruel person. Brute force is strength applied without thought as, for example, in forcing a lock. Eric Partridge’s compilation of catchphrases records one spelling this out: “brute force and ignorance,” current in Great Britain in the 1970s.
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He said that mass uprising in occupied Kashmir could not be suppressed through the use of brute force.
With God's benevolence and your efforts and sacrifices, you and the police will restore security and use all brute force, all brute force," he said.
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Unfortunately however, even with complex passwords we are almost fighting a loosing battle; this is because cyber criminals can access botnet ecosystems to crack encrypted files or password protected data (through hashes of the password, or direct brute force attack) or make use of underground "cracking rigs" that use GPU's Processors in rigs that can quite literally attempt billions of combinations per second.
This means that while theoretically it is possible for machines to brute force a passcode, the data would be erased after 10 failed attempts (a classic, old-fashioned style of security, dating back to Leonardo da Vinci).
It is most unfortunate that lawyers who protect citizens from violence and brute force should themselves be subjected to violence and brute force, he said.
Yet the line between brute force and coercion is hardly clear.
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Losing the complicity of regional dictators means that Israel is going to have to think about deploying not brute force but mutually beneficial diplomacy - a radical shift.
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The writer claims that on a site used in UNRWA summer camps, children are being taught to take back their homes lost in 1948 by brute force and to kill the Jews who took them.
When brute force fails; how to have less crime and less punishment.
Six out of 10 women would ask for help if they were having trouble moving a bolt but 40 per cent of men would tell them the best way to solve the problem is to use brute force.
But 40 per cent of men would tell them the best way to solve the problem is to apply a bit of brute force, according to Comma.