a force to be reckoned with

Definition of a force to be reckoned with

  1. :  someone who is strong and cannot be ignored <When he won his first three matches, the other players realized that he was a force to be reckoned with.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  strength or energy exerted or brought to bear :  cause of motion or change :  active power

    : used with a number to indicate the strength of the wind according to the Beaufort scale

    :  moral or mental strength

  1. :  to do violence to

    :  rape

    :  to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means

reckonplay reckoned
  1. :  count

    :  estimate, compute

    :  to determine by reference to a fixed basis

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the forefront of an action or movement

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