be a force to be reckoned with

be a force to be reckoned with

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
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WES YORK is confident Wrexham will be a force to be reckoned with when everything finally gels.
"They have some highly-talented individual players and if they can put it all together they can still be a force to be reckoned with.
Clichy insists the team have learned harsh lessons from their "mistakes" and with the addition of some fresh talent this summer will be a force to be reckoned with once again.
"We have a great bunch of players here, and while the results in the last few games haven't gone for us, when this new squad gels we will be a force to be reckoned with."
"But once we all find our feet, then I'm sure Newport are going to be 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.
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