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more power to (someone or something)

May someone or something find success in their activity or pursuit. Hey, if they want to spend all their free time in front of a computer screen, then more power to them. You want to be an auto mechanic when you graduate? Well, I don't have any idea what I want to be, so more power to you!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

More power to you!

Well done!; You really stood up for yourself!; You really did something for your own benefit! (The stress is on to, and the you is usually "ya.") Bill: I finally told her off, but good. Bob: More power to you! Sue: I spent years getting ready for that job, and I finally got it. Mary: More power to you!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

more power to someone

Best wishes to someone, as in He's decided to climb Mount Everest-well, more power to him. [Mid-1800s] For a more recent synonym, see right on.
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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.

more power to someone

People say more power to someone to mean that they approve of something they are doing or plan to do and hope they will be successful. If he can fix this mess, more power to him.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

more power to you/him/them

Good for you; good luck. This earlier version of right on dates from the mid-nineteenth century. A variant that appeared on both sides of the Atlantic is “More power to your elbow,” an encouragement to drink more, which first appeared in print in 1860 in a letter of James Russell Lowell’s and was repeated by Shaw in John Bull’s Other Island. That version is now obsolete, but the cliché survives.
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