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inner strength

One's resolve or determination. You have to draw on your inner strength—it will carry you through an experience like this.
See also: inner, strength

pillar of strength

A supportive or emotionally strong person. My aunt has been a pillar of strength for me, helping me through many difficult moments in my life.
See also: of, pillar, strength

at full strength

At the maximum strength, capacity, or level of power or ability. Give her a dose of that painkiller at full strength. It took a while, but I'm finally back at full strength after my injury. Now that the army is at full strength, the smaller opposing side doesn't stand a chance.
See also: full, strength

by brute strength

By sheer force or physical strength. I couldn't get my car out of the mud until my brothers came along and moved it by brute strength.
See also: brute, by, strength

by main strength and awkwardness

By sheer force or physical strength. I couldn't get my car out of the mud until my brothers came along and moved it by main strength and awkwardness.

go from strength to strength

To become increasingly successful or improved. I was nervous when I initially invested in that company, but it has gone from strength to strength, thank goodness.
See also: go, strength

on the strength of (something)

Due to or on the basis of some outstanding factor; on the merit of something. I can't help but feel like I was hired for my looks and not on the strength of my skills. On the strength of this new evidence, I find no reason for this case to proceed any further.
See also: of, on, strength

be at full strength

To be at the maximum strength, capacity, or level of power or ability. It took a while, but I'm finally back at full strength after my injury. Now that the army is at full strength, our enemies don't stand a chance against us.
See also: full, strength

be below full strength

To not be at the maximum strength, capacity, or level of power or ability. I've been below full strength ever since my injury. If our army is below full strength, we don't stand a chance against our enemies.
See also: below, full, strength

give me strength

An expression (akin to a prayer) acknowledging that one will need patience to deal with a frustrating or irritating situation. I have to watch 15 screaming children today? Oh, give me strength!
See also: give, strength

play to (one's) strengths

1. To prioritize using one's natural abilities and specific skills, especially by pursuing tasks or goals suited to such skills. After his disappointing Western-themed family drama, it's nice to see the director once again playing to her strengths with a film grounded in humor and wit.
2. To put one in a position that allows them to best use their natural abilities and specific skills. We're going to have everyone try out the different positions on the field so we can find everyone a role that plays to their strengths.
See also: play, strength

tower of strength

A supportive or emotionally strong person. My aunt has been a tower of strength for me, helping me through many difficult moments in my life.
See also: of, strength, tower

brute force

Strong physical force, perhaps that which is exercised without thought or consideration. I couldn't get my car out of the mud until my brothers came along and moved it by brute force. You can't just fix everything with brute force. Sometimes you need to use some finesse.
See also: brute, force

main strength and awkwardness

Pure, unreasoning force of strength; brute force. The car is completely stuck in the mud—the only way we're getting it out is with main strength and awkwardness. You can't just get this thing to work with main strength and awkwardness. We'll need to devise some new method of operating the mechanism.

not know (one's) own strength

To underestimate how much force one is able to apply or exert in some physical activity. A: "Hey, you're pushing the car too fast! I just need to get it off the road, not down into the ditch!" B: "Oops, sorry. Guess I don't know my own strength!" You need to be more careful with that equipment. You don't know your own strength!
See also: know, not, own, strength

at full strength

at the strongest amount, dilution, power, loudness, etc. You should use this medicine at full strength, even if it tastes bad.
See also: full, strength

by brute strength

by great muscular strength. The men moved the heavy door by brute strength.
See also: brute, by, strength

by main strength and awkwardness

Rur. by force or brute strength. Tom: How did you get that piano up the stairs? Mary: By main strength and awkwardness. By main strength and awkwardness, we got all the luggage crammed into the car.

main strength and awkwardness

Fig. great force; brute force. They finally got the piano moved in to the living room by main strength and awkwardness. Lifting the antique table must be done carefully. This is not a job requiring main strength and awkwardness.

not know one's own strength

not to realize how destructive or harmful one's strength can be. I didn't mean to hurt you. I guess I don't know my own strength. He might break the door down by accident. He doesn't know his own strength and could end up pushing too hard against the door.
See also: know, not, own, strength

on the strength of something

Fig. because of the support of something, such as a promise or evidence; due to something. On the strength of your comment, I decided to give John another chance. On the strength of my testimony, my case was dismissed.
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pillar of strength

 and pillar of support
someone or something that consistently provides moral, emotional, or financial support as does a pillar. My parents are my pillars of support. John looked to God as his pillar of strength.
See also: of, pillar, strength

tower of strength

Fig. a person who can always be depended on to provide support and encouragement, especially in times of trouble. Mary was a tower of strength when Jean was in the hospital. She looked after her whole family. Jack was a tower of strength during the time that his father was unemployed.
See also: of, strength, tower

Union is strength.

Prov. If people join together, they are more powerful than if they work by themselves. The students decided to join together in order to present their grievances to the faculty, since union is strength. We cannot allow our opponents to divide us. Union is strength.
See also: strength, union

brute force

Also, brute strength. Savage violence, unreasoning strength, as in We hope that reason will triumph over brute force. Although this expression is also used literally to mean exceptional physical power, the figurative sense reflects the origin for brute, which comes from Latin brutus, for "heavy, stupid, unreasoning." [First half of 1700s]
See also: brute, force

on the strength of

On the basis of, as in She was hired on the strength of her computer skills. [Early 1600s]
See also: of, on, strength

tower of strength

A dependable person on whom one can lean in time of trouble, as in After Dad died Grandma was a tower of strength for the whole family. This expression, first recorded in 1549, originally was used most often to refer to God and heaven, but Shakespeare had it differently in Richard III (5:3): "Besides, the King's name is a tower of strength."
See also: of, strength, tower

go from strength to strength

COMMON If a person, organization or event goes from strength to strength, they become more and more successful or confident. As for James, he's still going from strength to strength in the army. A decade later, the company has gone from strength to strength.
See also: go, strength

a tower of strength

or

a pillar of strength

COMMON If someone is a tower of strength or a pillar of strength during a difficult period in your life, they give you a lot of help or support. My eldest daughter was a tower of strength for me when I was sick. In her terrible sadness she has found Charles to be a pillar of strength.
See also: of, strength, tower

give me strength!

used as an expression of exasperation or annoyance.
See also: give

go from strength to strength

develop or progress with increasing success.
See also: go, strength

on the strength of

on the basis of or with the justification of.
See also: of, on, strength

a tower (or pillar) of strength

a person who can be relied upon to be a source of strong support and comfort.
This phrase may come from the Book of Common Prayer: ‘O Lord…be unto them a tower of strength’.
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in ˈforce/ˈstrength

(of people) present in large numbers: The police were out in force to deal with any trouble at the demonstration.Party members appeared in strength to welcome the Prime Minister.
See also: force, strength

be at/below full ˈstrength

have/not have the necessary number of people to do something: We’re working below strength at the moment; it’s not easy to deliver all the orders on time.When we’re working at full strength, we employ 600 people.
See also: below, full, strength

go from ˌstrength to ˈstrength

have more and more success: Since she became the boss, the company’s gone from strength to strength.
See also: go, strength

on the strength of something

mainly because of something: I got the job on the strength of my experience in sales.They were sent to prison on the strength of a tiny piece of evidence.
See also: of, on, something, strength

a ˌpillar/ˌtower of ˈstrength

a person who gives you the courage and determination to continue when you are in a bad situation: My wife has been a tower of strength during my illness.During your five years in prison, Terry was a pillar of strength.
See also: of, pillar, strength, tower

play to your ˈstrengths

give your attention and effort to things that you do well; give somebody the opportunity to do this: Each member of the team should have a task that plays to their strengths.
See also: play, strength

on the strength of

On the basis of: She was hired on the strength of her computer skills.
See also: of, on, strength

brute force

Savage, senseless violence; also, sheer strength. The word “brute” came from the Latin brutus, which meant heavy, stupid, and unreasoning. The original meaning survives more in this cliché, dating from the eighteenth century, than in the modern English noun “brute,” which means simply an animal or a cruel person. Brute force is strength applied without thought as, for example, in forcing a lock. Eric Partridge’s compilation of catchphrases records one spelling this out: “brute force and ignorance,” current in Great Britain in the 1970s.
See also: brute, force

tower of strength

A reliable, supportive person, dependable especially in time of trouble. In the Bible this image is often reserved for God or, later, for religious faith. In the nineteenth century Tennyson used it for the duke of Wellington: “O fall’n at length that tower of strength” (“Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington,” 1852). It remains current.
See also: of, strength, tower
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Unlike its name, Power Lifting is a training method that focuses on maximum strength. "Power Lifting is centered on the three competition lifts of the squat, bench press, and the deadlift, power lifting develops strength in almost all major muscle groups" (Piper & Erdmann, 1998, p.15).
Two individuals who have been in the trenches since the genesis of modem day strength and conditioning and are arguably the forefathers of the profession--Boyd Epley and Dan Riley--are still going strong and contributing as much as ever to its continual growth and development.
The pattern undergoes wax infiltrations--immersion and capillarity--to increase its strength to avoid handling breaks and elimination.
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Tensile yield strength and ultimate elongation were used to assess the bond strength.