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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 ]
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  • Whoever was able to know Rolland's inmost essence, acquired, as in the ancient saga, new energy for the wrestle with brute force.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
  • I became as the caveman, who by brute force would win his mate.

    Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • And Chortles is brute force, and he's going to send me down—what am I to do?

    A Widow's Tale and Other Stories Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • If brute force is your only logic, know now that I can, and will, use brute force.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • The impression of brute force which it conveyed was terrific.

    Meccania Owen Gregory

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