- 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.
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Origin of muscle
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British Dictionary definitions for muscle in
Derived forms of musclemuscly, adjective
Word Origin for muscle
Medical definitions for muscle in
Scientific definitions for muscle in
Other words from musclemuscular adjective
Idioms and Phrases with muscle in (1 of 2)
Also, muscle in on. Forcibly intrude on or interfere with something, as in The children were determined not to allow the school bully to muscle in, or No more muscling in on our policy decisions! [Colloquial; 1920s]
Idioms and Phrases with muscle in (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with muscle
- muscle in
- flex one's muscles
- move a muscle