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strongman Syllabification: strong·man
Pronunciation: /ˈstrôNGˌman/

Definition of strongman in English:

noun (plural strongmen)

1A man of great physical strength, especially one who performs feats of strength as a form of entertainment.
Example sentences
  • Ivan ‘the Polish Piledriver’ Putski was a legendary strongman, famous for performing feats of strength prior to matches.
  • Namibian strongman Andre du Preez will perform his feats of physical strength for one and half hours before the start of the fireworks.
  • Several companies make them, and they're very popular with power-lifters, strongmen and other strength and power athletes.
1.1A leader who rules by the exercise of threats, force, or violence.
Example sentences
  • These forces, and the strongmen who control these private and separate armies, could well inherit the kingdom.
  • The military strongman rules Taiwan until his death in 1975.
  • One way of escaping such dichotomies is to cease thinking about them, replacing this uncomfortable confusion with decisive rule by a strongman.
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