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1 muscular strength
  • I'm going to need someone with real muscle to help me move all this furniture

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2 the ability to exert effort for the accomplishment of a task
  • at the time the military lacked the muscle to fight two wars at once

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1 to cause (a person) to give in to pressure
  • he was muscled out of command by his opponents at military headquarters

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2 to force one's way
  • muscling straight through the packed crowd of people waiting to board the ship

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The first known use of muscle was in the 14th century

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“Muscle.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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to constrict the range or activity of

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