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strongman

[strawng-man, strong-] /ˈstrɔŋˌmæn, ˈstrɒŋ-/
noun, plural strongmen.
1.
a person who performs remarkable feats of strength, as in a circus.
2.
a political leader who controls by force; dictator.
3.
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.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; strong + man1
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  • At first the former policeman, who likes to cultivate a strongman image, oversaw swift progress.
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  • But you also ultimately decided that freedom cannot mean replacing the strong hand of a colonizer with a strongman of your own.
British Dictionary definitions for strongman

strongman

/ˈstrɒŋˌmæn/
noun (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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