man power

noun

1
: power available from or supplied by the physical effort of human beings
2
usually manpower : the total supply of persons available and fitted for service

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Boston evened the score on McAvoy’s slap shot with a two-man power play advantage with 2:46 remaining in the first. George Richards, Sun Sentinel, 24 Nov. 2022 Coach John Harbaugh said opponents have committed extra man power to stopping the running attack but acknowledged his team has to do better. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 23 Sep. 2022 Defeating this plot's villain might actually demand triple the man power , because Doctor Octopus (played by Alfred Molina) is also set to return for the second Sony/Marvel collaboration, as is Jamie Foxx's Electro. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 9 Dec. 2020 The Borden County coach never lost a game as a star at Jayton — another six-man power an hour northwest of Gail — and ultimately made the football team at Texas Tech. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2020 The waste of man power—both by the restrainers and the one restrained. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 15 June 2020 Food Banks have turned it away due to not having the man power to unload it. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, 10 May 2018 This would also force the British to expend man power and resources in fighting the Spanish. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, 2 July 2018 Food Banks have turned it away due to not having the man power to unload it. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, 10 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of man power was in 1825

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“Man power.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/man%20power. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

man power

noun

1
: power available from or supplied by the physical effort of human beings
2
usually manpower : the total supply of persons available and fitted for service
military manpower
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