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flex (one's) muscle(s)

1. Literally, to contract one's muscles, especially to demonstrate their size and strength. He's so vain, flexing his muscles in the mirror whenever he thinks no one is looking. She flexed her muscles and told us not to mess with her brother again.
2. By extension, to demonstrate one's influence, power, or strength. The small but outspoken nation has been flexing its muscles lately, with a wide range of military demonstrations. The wealthy business tycoon flexed his muscle to get the charges dropped against his son.
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flex (something) out of shape

To cause something to become misshapen or misaligned. That car accident really flexed my passenger-side door out of shape.
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flexed out of shape

Misshapen or misaligned. Ever since the car accident, my passenger-side door has been flexed out of shape.
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flex something out of shape

to bend something out of its normal shape. Don't flex all the hangers out of shape. We need a few in the closet. Who flexed the gate out of shape?
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flexed out of shape

Sl. very angry; bent out of shape. The boss was completely flexed out of shape. I am truly flexed out of shape.
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flex one's muscles

Show off one's strength or power, as in The boys love flexing their muscles, or The new department head has decided to flex her muscles. [Early 1900s]
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flex your muscles


flex your muscle

COMMON If people or organizations flex their muscles or flex their muscle, they behave in a way that is intended to show that they have power and are considering using it. A pro-democracy movement is starting to flex its muscles. The miners' actions last year seem to have encouraged workers in the oil industry to flex their industrial muscle.
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flex your muscles

give a show of strength or power.
1998 Times Mr Prescott is flexing his muscles and the City is wondering just how far he is prepared to go.
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flex your ˈmuscles

show that you are ready and prepared to use your power, abilities, etc: He’s flexing his muscles, waiting for the day he becomes president.
Athletes flex (= stretch and tighten) their muscles before a race, a fight, a game, etc.
See also: flex, muscle

flexed out of shape

mod. very angry; bent out of shape. The boss was completely flexed out of shape.
See also: flex, of, out, shape

flex (one's) muscles

To exhibit or show off one's strength.
See also: flex, muscle
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Polt still sees more land available in the region for smaller flex spaces over the next few years, though the market is expanding further from Lehigh and Northampton counties and away from major highways.
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Once again, your flex circuit manufacturer may not be able to tell you everything that will work, but I can guarantee that they will know what does not work (those experiences are hard to forget).
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Tobii Sono Flex runs on Android 2.3 or later and according to the manufacturer it runs on most Android phones and tablets.
Norwegian-controlled floating LNG production units developer FLEX LNG Ltd said on Thursday (16 August) that it plans to carry out a private placement to finance the second instalment for its first floating LNG production vessel, currently under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries.
Specifically, it addresses REAP Flex, a program that allows rural districts additional control over how to spend portions of their federal funding.
Traditional PCB design tools are not easy to use for designing flex circuitry--and not just because they try to draw everything at 45[degrees] angles.
Cars that run on either gasoline or alcohol or both in a mixture--known locally as a "flex" car--have captured the entire world's attention.
Adobe Systems, Inc., has announced the public beta of Adobe Flex 2.0 product line and Adobe Rash Player 8.5, an application development solution for delivering Rich Internet Applications.