or strong man

[strawng-man, strong-]
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noun, plural strong·men.
  1. a person who performs remarkable feats of strength, as in a circus.
  2. a political leader who controls by force; dictator.
  3. the most powerful or influential person in an organization or business, by reason of skill in the formulation and execution of plans, work, etc.

Origin of strongman

First recorded in 1855–60; strong + man1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -men
  1. a performer, esp one in a circus, who performs feats of strength
  2. any person regarded as a source of power, capability, initiative, etc
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