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strongman

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noun strong·man \ˈstrȯŋ-ˌman\

Simple Definition of strongman

  • : a politician or leader who uses violence or threats

  • : a man who performs in a circus and who is very strong

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of strongman

  1. :  one who leads or controls by force of will and character or by military methods

Examples of strongman in a sentence

  1. <a Latin-American strongman who basically treated his nation's coffers as his personal bank account>



1859

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1859


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