strong·​man | \ ˈstrȯŋ-ˌman How to pronounce strongman (audio) \

Definition of strongman

: one who leads or controls by force of will and character or by military methods

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a Latin-American strongman who basically treated his nation's coffers as his personal bank account

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He was derided in South and West side communities, but comparing him to a Venezuelan strongman whom many say is starving his people? Kristen Mcqueary,, "Column: Surprised by CTU’s Venezuela visit? Then you haven’t been paying attention.," 19 Aug. 2019 Then Biden bizarrely started talking about Venezuela and its strongman leader Nicolás Maduro, who had come up earlier in the debate., "We need to talk about Joe Biden.," 15 Sep. 2019 Featuring a beer tent, live music, singing, dancing, strongman contests, food truck fare, kids area and more. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "2019 Oktoberfest events around the Bay Area," 9 Sep. 2019 In one, a 500-pound strongman jumped on the lid before flinging the cooler off a cliff; the Tundra survived undamaged. Louis Mazzante //, Popular Mechanics, "How the Yeti Tundra Became the Coolest Cooler," 1 Sep. 2019 That coup leader, Adbel Fatah al-Sisi, is now the country’s strongman and potential president for life. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Will Sudan’s military crush hope for democracy?," 5 June 2019 The half-mortal strongman must become a hero to rejoin the gods on Mount Olympus. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 The two laugh and shake hands after the Icelandic strongman sets him back on his feet. Ashley Boucher,, "Game of Thrones' The Mountain Actor Lifts Ed Sheeran Over His Head: 'He Asked for It'," 13 Aug. 2019 But his critics view him as an aspiring strongman, and his offensive appears to have at least temporarily united western Libya’s fractious militias in opposition to a return to one-man rule. Samy Magdy,, "UN says death toll from Libya fighting passes 1,000," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of strongman

1859, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of strongman

: 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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