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strongman

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[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.
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Origin of strongman

First recorded in 1855–60; strong + man1
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strongman

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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