Definition of strongman
: one who leads or controls by force of will and character or by military methods
Examples of strongman in a Sentence
a Latin-American strongman who basically treated his nation's coffers as his personal bank account
Recent Examples of strongman from the Web
With emotions running high after the clashes, there were fears that political strongmen might try to take advantage of the anger produced by the bombing deaths to move against the government.
The 47-year-old head of state, who stepped down from a three-year stint as premier Tuesday and once worked for late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, is switching posts after a landslide election victory.
Conflicting reports had the resilient strongman still directing his battered forces, or hiding in a Panamanian or Colombian jungle outpost, or seeking asylum in the Cuban or Nicaraguan embassies in Panama City.
While some US allies, like Saudi Arabia and Israel, gravitated toward his strongman leadership style, others, principally in Europe, have been horrified.
In modern times, relations with Muslims have been generally good, although changes started to come about since the hyper-nationalism of the 1950s stoked by military strongman Gamal Abdel-Nasser.
Muammar el-Qaddafi, the country’s longtime strongman.
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Definition of strongman for English Language Learners
: a politician or leader who uses violence or threats
: a man who performs in a circus and who is very strong
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