be a force to be reckoned with

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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.
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Tough-talking Courtney Love is a force to be reckoned with
A former Hill staffer, he is on a first-name basis with most Congressional leaders and, due to his capacity to mobilize media and mass attention for his political causes, he is a force to be reckoned with.
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