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flex one's muscles

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flex one's muscles

verb phrase

To give a sample of one's power, esp in a threatening way: I'm not sure they mean harm, probably just flexing their muscles (1960s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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flex one's muscles

Show off one's strength or power, as in The boys love flexing their muscles, or The new department head has decided to flex her muscles. [ Early 1900s ]
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