force to be reckoned with


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force to be reckoned with

A person or thing considered 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

force to be reckoned with

Fig. someone or something that is important and powerful and must not be ignored. Walter is a force to be reckoned with. Be prepared to deal with him. The growing discontent with the political system is a powerful force to be reckoned with.
See also: force, reckon

force to be reckoned with

see under reckon with.
See also: force, reckon

a force to be ˈreckoned with

a person or thing that has a lot of power and influence and should therefore be treated seriously: The increased size of the country’s army means that it is now a force to be reckoned with.Be very careful how you deal with her because she’s a force to be reckoned with.
See also: force, reckon
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Padraig Joyce, Declan Meehan and especially Michael Donnelan make a real force to be reckoned with.
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Holmes, 30, is now injury-free and thriving after three weeks of warm weather training in South Africa and admitted: 'I am looking to make my mark early this year and let the rest of the world know I am still a force to be reckoned with.
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He is a force to be reckoned with and can only get better as his confidence grows.
I am a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division and it is my mission to be champion of the world.
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Murphy will grow this division and make Littlefield Hospitality a force to be reckoned with.