man power

man power

noun
1.
the power supplied by human physical exertions: an ancient building constructed entirely by man power.
2.
a unit of power, assumed to be equal to the rate at which a person can do mechanical work, and commonly taken as 1/10 (0.1) horsepower.
3.
rate of work in terms of this unit.

Origin:
1860–65

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