man power

noun

Definition of man power

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

Examples of man power in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "“Spider-Man 3” Just Expanded The Marvel Cinematic Universe," 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, "Coronavirus doesn’t exist in Borden County. This tiny Texas town knows the return of high school football might change that.," 30 Aug. 2020 The waste of man power—both by the restrainers and the one restrained. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The History of the “Riot” Report," 15 June 2020 Food Banks have turned it away due to not having the man power to unload it. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "40,000 pounds of free cucumbers are just a 4-and-a-half-hour drive away," 10 May 2018 This would also force the British to expend man power and resources in fighting the Spanish. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "See how Texas beef (partially) helped win the American Revolutionary War," 2 July 2018 Food Banks have turned it away due to not having the man power to unload it. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "40,000 pounds of free cucumbers are just a 4-and-a-half-hour drive away," 10 May 2018 Lidstrom, the most polite person I’ve ever met, pointed out their two-man power play had only lasted 2 seconds. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "For Detroit Red Wings G.O.A.T. list, is it Yzerman or Lidstrom No. 2?," 12 June 2018 Food Banks have turned it away due to not having the man power to unload it. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "40,000 pounds of free cucumbers are just a 4-and-a-half-hour drive away," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of man power

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Man power.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/man%20power. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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