They need to know how powerful they could truly be if they were pushed into a corner.
The most powerful agenda, of course, is that of the chief executive.
Of course, their policies are rarely that powerful anyway.
Hunter S. Thompson had this ability; his words cut the most powerful men in America to the bone.
But that does a disservice to the film, which has a powerful message that should be heard by all kids, writes Mike Huckabee.
He was powerful mad with me, but he seen that I meant like I said, so Lou can keep her doll.
So powerful is genius, when it is invested with the glitter of affluence!
The draughts without, Frank, are a little too powerful for the draughts within, I fear.
"Yes," she said, suppressing her agitation with a powerful effort.
"Rembas is the first of the strongholds, and is said to be the most powerful," he remarked.
c.1400, from power (n.) + -ful. Meaning "of great quality or number" is from 1811; colloquial sense of "exceedingly" (adv.) is from 1822. Related: Powerfully. Thornton ("American Glossary") notes powerful as "Much used by common people in the sense of very," along with monstrous and cites curious expressions such as devilish good, monstrous pretty (1799), dreadful polite, cruel pretty, abominable fine (1803), "or when a young lady admires a lap dog for being so vastly small and declares him prodigious handsome" (1799).