[strawng-man, strong-]
noun, plural strongmen.
a person who performs remarkable feats of strength, as in a circus.
a political leader who controls by force; dictator.
the most powerful or influential person in an organization or business, by reason of skill in the formulation and execution of plans, work, etc.
Also, strong man.

1855–60; strong + man1 Unabridged
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strongman (ˈstrɒŋˌmæn)
n , pl -men
1.  a performer, esp one in a circus, who performs feats of strength
2.  any person regarded as a source of power, capability, initiative, etc

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Example sentences
Nor is a strongman or tightly knit group of leaders likely to be able to
  overcome them.
Some would wish to install a new strongman and wait for him to create the
  conditions for a secular democracy.
Even under democracy, they tend to view a strongman at the centre as a
  prerequisite for stability.
At first the former policeman, who likes to cultivate a strongman image,
  oversaw swift progress.
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