might makes/is right

idiom

used to say that people who have power are able to do what they want because no one can stop them

Examples of might makes/is right in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The inegalitarian assertion that vulnerable people have less claim to society’s protection amounts to the tyrannical idea that might makes right. Washington Examiner, 21 Nov. 2023 In Blatt’s slippery moral universe, might makes right—because the mighty are usually the ones who can offer him the most cash or inflict the most pain when crossed. Amanda Chicago Lewis, Wired, 25 Feb. 2021

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“Might makes/is right.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/might%20makes%2Fis%20right. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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