- a hired thug or thugs.
- a bodyguard or bodyguards: a gangster protected by muscle.
verb (used with object), mus·cled, mus·cling.
verb (used without object), mus·cled, mus·cling.
Origin of muscle
Synonyms for muscle
Related Words for muscletendon, meat, flesh, tissue, stamina, energy, strength, weight, clout, brawn, might, beef, sinew, potency, force, forcefulness, sturdiness, thew
Examples from the Web for muscle
Contemporary Examples of muscle
Security guards have also been posted to add some muscle (but this has done little to deter vandals in past years).Sweden’s Burning Christmas Goat
December 25, 2014
I can see the implant in there, and see where the muscle is snatching that implant up.Azealia Banks Opens Up About Her Journey from Stripping to Rap Stardom
November 17, 2014
Experts suggest that we need to think of self-control as a “muscle”; something we can train in order to increase our willpower.Willpower: Our Greatest Strength?
September 11, 2014
Guys with a lot of muscle sometimes find it hard to hold up all that weight.'American Ninja Warrior' May Crown Its First Female Winner Kacy Catanzaro
September 1, 2014
In fact, research has shown that hitting the weights without fuel can lead to the breakdown of muscle.Does Fasted Cardio Really Burn More Fat?
August 22, 2014
Historical Examples of muscle
In a swerve he almost stopped, every muscle of his big body trembling in affright.
The tall son of Hanover was lean of flesh, but gross in muscle.
"Ah, but he has mind as well as muscle," put in Mr. Stewart.In the Valley
There was some tension of mind or muscle that kept sleep far from him.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
She came up straight and tall, a concluded resolution in every muscle.Tiverton Tales
Word Origin for muscle
late 14c., from Middle French muscle "muscle, sinew" (14c.) and directly from Latin musculus "a muscle," literally "little mouse," diminutive of mus "mouse" (see mouse (n.)).
So called because the shape and movement of some muscles (notably biceps) were thought to resemble mice. The analogy was made in Greek, too, where mys is both "mouse" and "muscle," and its comb. form gives the medical prefix myo-. Cf. also Old Church Slavonic mysi "mouse," mysica "arm;" German Maus "mouse; muscle," Arabic 'adalah "muscle," 'adal "field mouse." In Middle English, lacerte, from the Latin word for "lizard," also was used as a word for a muscle.
Musclez & lacertez bene one selfe þing, Bot þe muscle is said to þe fourme of mouse & lacert to þe fourme of a lizard. [Guy de Chauliac, "Grande Chirurgie," c.1425]
Hence muscular and mousy are relatives, and a Middle English word for "muscular" was lacertous, "lizardy." Figurative sense of "force, violence, threat of violence" is 1930, American English. Muscle car "hot rod" is from 1969.
1913, "to accomplish by strength," from muscle (n.). Related: Muscled; muscling. To muscle in is 1929 in underworld slang.
In addition to the idiom beginning with muscle
- muscle in
- flex one's muscles
- move a muscle