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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.
See also: flex, of, out, shape

flexed out of shape

Misshapen or misaligned. Ever since the car accident, my passenger-side door has been flexed out of shape.
See also: flex, of, out, 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: flex, muscle
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

flex your muscles

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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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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
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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
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

flex (one's) muscles

Informal
To exhibit or show off one's strength.
See also: flex, muscle
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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A summary of all data in this study revealed that 0.5- and 1-[micro]m beads penetrated into the epidermis in 2 of 11 skin samples (18%) flexed for 15 min, in 5 of 12 samples (41%) flexed for 30 min, and in 9 of 16 samples (56%) flexed for 60 min.
We repeated this study by combining tape stripping of bead-exposed, flexed skin with scanning electron microscopy (Figure 3).
As thickness increases, so does the probability of reliability issues when it is flexed or formed.
Tools also have the capability to model the flexed state of the non-rigid part to establish parameters such as bend radius--and to do so dynamically, to check the entire path of the system in which the two rigid elements move under normal use.
When flexed, because the pad does not bend as readily as the trace, a fracture is created at the joint between trace and pad.
As mentioned, flex circuits do very well when flexed in only one dimension at a given time, so while the bottom of a shoe (inside the shoe of course) can be a hostile environment, flex circuits seem to do a pretty good job and can operate reliably for extended periods of time.