man power

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noun

the power supplied by human physical exertions: an ancient building constructed entirely by man power.
a unit of power, assumed to be equal to the rate at which a person can do mechanical work, and commonly taken as 1/10 (0.1) horsepower.
rate of work in terms of this unit.

Origin of man power

First recorded in 1860–65
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for man power

Historical Examples of man power

  • They want India's billions and they want India's man-power for their imperialistic greed.

    The New World of Islam

    Lothrop Stoddard

  • The man-power question was at all times a most perplexing one.

  • Galicia was in Russian hands, and Russian man-power was thought to be inexhaustible.

  • The man-power vehicle, par excellence, is the jinrikisha of Japan.

    How to Travel

    Thomas W. Knox

  • Nevertheless, it was wearing the enemy out, as well as our own strength in man-power.

    Now It Can Be Told

    Philip Gibbs