brute force

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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.
See also: brute, force

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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De Guiche, who had been looking among the different boats for one stronger than the others, which might offer a chance of reaching the English vessels, perceiving the pilot-boat getting ready to start, said to Raoul: "Do you not think, Raoul, that intelligent and vigorous men, as we are, ought to be ashamed to retreat before the brute strength of wind and waves?"
White Fang was glad to acknowledge his lordship, but it was a lordship based upon superior intelligence and brute strength. There was something in the fibre of White Fang's being that made his lordship a thing to be desired, else he would not have come back from the Wild when he did to tender his allegiance.
No amount of scolding or cuffing would suffice to make him release me, and I was entirely at the mercy of his brute strength unless I cared to use my dagger upon him with my left hand; but, mad or no, I had not the heart to run the sharp blade into that faithful body.
When something thwarted him, his sole idea was to overcome it by brute strength and ferocity, and so now when he found his way blocked, he tore angrily into the leafy screen and an instant later found himself within a strange lair, his progress effectually blocked, notwithstanding his most violent efforts to forge ahead.
"I've never met a man that was fit to compare with a woman!" she cried; "they've no dignity, they've no courage, they've nothing but their beastly passions and their brute strength! Would any woman have behaved like that--if a man had said he didn't want her?
This was a heavy wood plank which could seat six, one on either side of three handles, and was operated by one or two people standing at the end forcing the swing to start moving with just brute strength.
They managed to pull the 600-kilogramme animal out of the bog using lines, strops, shovels, airbags and "brute strength," a Powys firefighter tweeted.
You can burn some serious calories - Hitting and kicking a heavy bag takes brute strength, so don't be surprised if you're totally wiped out by the end of your first class.
Full-back Adam Quinlan came off with a head knock, which forced the Robins into a reshuffle in their backline, but the change in personnel did not affect the hosts as Mitch Garbutt used brute strength to power past Wakefield's defence and crash over.
When asked about the biggest myths surrounding commercial work, contractors cited the perception of "dirty" jobs (61 percent); tasks requiring only brute strength (55 percent); and, construction representing a "job" versus career (52 percent).
DEENEY 8 Brute strength to hold off defence and set up Deulofeu SUBS: Quina (Pereyra 71) 6 Cleverley (Capoue 79) 5 Gray (Deulofeu 86)
And brute strength isn't on that list," Newey said.
Survival depends less on brute strength and subterfuge and more on self-help and mutual tolerance.
The start list consisted of 43 of the most promising cyclists in the continent with Krog and his coach, Ednalyn Calitis Hualda, proving that cycling, among others, is not a battle of brute strength and stamina, but also more of scientific approach suited to the rider and the route.
8 GINI WIJNALDUM Won the ball high up a couple of times with pure brute strength, like his neighbour Kenny Dalglish.