Definition of strength in English:


Pronunciation /strɛŋkθ//strɛŋθ/


mass noun
  • 1The quality or state of being physically strong.

    ‘cycling can help you build up your strength’
    • ‘They also use this strength to physically wear down the opposition.’
    • ‘These exercises are not designed to build muscles and physical strength like western sport.’
    • ‘When the game has moved on in terms of speed, skill and physical strength, and new fouls have flourished, the rulebook needs an update.’
    • ‘His strength and other physical qualities already outmatch those of normal humans, but they are far from complete.’
    • ‘Male advantages in physical strength and spatial skills were probably more useful in the past.’
    • ‘It's only when you're doing it that you realise waiting takes stamina, strength and a strong will.’
    • ‘Wily, wiry and strong, Duffield's strength in a finish has been a welcome sight for punters over four decades.’
    • ‘She's done with physical therapy and working on building her muscle strength.’
    • ‘Certainly his physical skill and strength may improve for 10 or 20 years.’
    • ‘Its one disadvantage was that it demanded great physical strength and skill, which could only be developed through years of training.’
    • ‘It is hard on the muscle, but you build a lot of strength.’
    • ‘The forwards are not lacking in skill and spirit but their lack of physical strength may prove detrimental against a stronger outfit.’
    • ‘Outpatient physical therapy will help build up strength and endurance.’
    • ‘She was skilful and fast but he had the advantage of physical strength.’
    • ‘Hill work makes athletes strong and strength is what a good cross-country runner needs.’
    • ‘He was twice his build and physical strength was something he need not fear from the captain.’
    • ‘He was a very strong worker and had enormous physical strength, yet he was soft spoken and very gentle.’
    • ‘It seems oddly ironic that one could build an exterior of strength, that being strong seems strangely easier than being weak.’
    • ‘‘We are trying to build up Rose's strength before she has any more chemotherapy,’ said Mrs Worrall.’
    • ‘He used the physical strength of his opponent to his advantage and made him fall to the ground under his own weight.’
    power, brawn, brawniness, muscle, muscularity, burliness, sturdiness, robustness, toughness, hardiness, lustiness
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    1. 1.1 The influence or power possessed by a person, organization, or country.
      ‘the political and military strength of European governments’
      • ‘We've got a lot of work to do, but there's also a lot of strength and power when people get organized.’
      • ‘Pakistan aligned itself to China, the only regional power that matched India's military strength.’
      • ‘It has become an area of manipulation rather than one of organised power and strength, which is frustrating.’
      • ‘The United States possesses unprecedented - and unequaled - strength and influence in the world.’
      • ‘They disposed of them without much trouble, because their enemies had no organization or strength in any type of numbers.’
      • ‘The Irish possessed a strength of numbers, influence, and confidence beyond their fellow Irish in North America and elsewhere.’
      • ‘The solution is a world government with a full legislature, courts, and enough military strength to enforce its power.’
      • ‘America lacks the political and military strength to go it alone in every instance.’
      • ‘A great power possesses economic, diplomatic, and military strength and influence, and its interests extend beyond its own borders.’
      • ‘Ms Halliskog certainly had strength, dominance and power, but she'd end up turning everyone against her.’
      • ‘In Japan, he sees political parties solely occupied in securing power and preoccupied in increasing strength and influence.’
      • ‘Another source of outfitter strength is their political organization.’
      • ‘However, not all of the efforts to undermine the political strength of the Muslim organisations have been successful.’
      • ‘Certainly business has been down in London, but the group has a strong regional strength.’
      • ‘They would then possess better strength and power to anticipate negative elements around them, he added.’
      • ‘The architects were told to project an image of financial strength and strong corporate identity and to dominate the Bund.’
      • ‘Their influence and financial strength became paramount during the last three decades of the nineteenth century.’
      • ‘Is commercial power more important than military strength?’
      • ‘Throughout the 1990s the indigenous movement grew in political strength and influence.’
      • ‘Yet many commanded large bodies of troops and simultaneously embodied real political strength and power.’
      power, influence, dominance, ascendancy, supremacy
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    2. 1.2 The degree of intensity of a feeling or belief.
      ‘street protests demonstrated the strength of feeling against the president’
      • ‘The strength of her belief, of her conviction, warped the dream around her.’
      • ‘Speculation that China may adjust its own currency peg and allow the yuan to rise has also lent strength to the belief that Malaysia might follow suit.’
      • ‘Not being politicians, they can fail to recognise the strength of local feeling.’
      • ‘Is friendship really only a mechanism for testing the objective strength and adequacy of belief?’
      • ‘Our main finding is that strength of spiritual belief is an important predictor of bereavement outcome.’
      • ‘With that strength of belief, all we needed was a break.’
      • ‘By the same token, councillors ignore local strength of feeling at their peril.’
      • ‘Future research should explore the mechanisms through which inconsistency influences attitude strength.’
      intensity, vehemence, force, forcefulness, depth, ardour, fervour, violence
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    3. 1.3 The extent to which an argument or case is sound or convincing.
      ‘the strength of the argument for property taxation’
      • ‘Also, addressing people by correct name and title may put more strength to your argument.’
      • ‘The strength of antifascism convinced many conservatives that support for fascism was risky.’
      • ‘The growth in margins and profits certainly appears to give strength to O'Leary's argument.’
      • ‘As always, Duncan started by addressing the strength in the opposing argument.’
      • ‘The strength of the evidence supporting any warrant is a matter for the courts to determine.’
      • ‘The strength of the argument, however, lies not in its ability to convince but in what it removes.’
      • ‘The ability to see the form and strength of an argument can prevent us from being confused or misled by those who know how to manipulate us.’
      • ‘We had restrictions on our view as to our strength of argument under the warranty.’
      • ‘Many of you commented and added strength to the arguments (thanks again for that).’
      • ‘When these are open to discussion, the idea is already questionable and has lost its force and strength.’
      • ‘Initially I thought there was considerable strength in this argument.’
      • ‘Part of its strength has been the extent to which it has satisfied theses that in fact seem to be the very substance of the doctrine opposed to it.’
      • ‘When we take the emotional argument, or social argument, we see that, clearly, there is no strength to that argument.’
      • ‘It may also add strength to the argument for a move away from the current structure of 43 separate forces.’
      • ‘With the UN solution's credibility battered, the argument for Kosovo's independence is gathering strength.’
      • ‘The strength of the argument lies in its concern for the welfare of citizens in general.’
      • ‘The apparent strength of the former argument is that it appears to have been confirmed by events.’
      cogency, forcefulness, force, weight, power, potency, persuasiveness, effectiveness, efficacy, soundness, validity
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    4. 1.4 The potency, intensity, or speed of a force or natural agency.
      ‘the wind had markedly increased in strength’
      • ‘The average strength of the magnetic field carried by the solar wind depends on solar location as well.’
      • ‘As a hurricane gains strength, its barometric pressure reading drops.’
      • ‘And two powerful storms are gaining strength as they barrel toward land tonight.’
      • ‘We just had a wind gust report down there on the coast of hurricane force strength.’
      • ‘Without a doubt, that honour goes to the signal strength indicator.’
      • ‘Similar considerations to those we have just given show that the weak force changes in effective strength as the energy at which it is measured increases.’
    5. 1.5Bridge The potential of a hand to win tricks, arising from the number and type of high cards it contains.
      • ‘This gives their partner a hint as to what to lead later on if their own hand is weak, yet doesn't give away the true strength of inviter's hand.’
      • ‘Discarding a high card followed by a low card shows strength.’
      • ‘This partnership had strength in the fours suit and needed to play to it.’
      • ‘This is typically done with a higher strength turned up card, though it may be done with any card.’
      • ‘Since half one's hand is a surprise, one's strength varies unpredictably.’
  • 2The capacity of an object or substance to withstand great force or pressure.

    ‘they were taking no chances with the strength of the retaining wall’
    • ‘The high strength arises because molecular chains that are packed in a closer, more orderly manner cohere more avidly.’
    • ‘Aircraft cable is best for this because it has greater tensile strength and can be pulled tighter.’
    • ‘It exceeds the elastic strength pressure and permissible pressure.’
    • ‘Fatigue strength of butt welds is very low.’
    • ‘Testing laboratories will check the entire chain, from source to the finished product, for size and strength.’
    • ‘This is important because these fibers have the greatest potential for growth and strength.’
    • ‘The bone tissue is normal with a normal shape but it has lost mass and density and so lacks sufficient strength to withstand the forces which normally occur in daily life.’
    • ‘The addition of salty water increased the unconfined compressive strength of the clay soil.’
    • ‘The compressive yield strength of magnesium alloys is defined as the stress necessary to produce 0.2 per cent permanent set.’
    • ‘Brackets are fabricated in an 80,000 psi yield strength steel and the mounting plates in 50,000 psi steel.’
    • ‘Compaction reduces the permeability of the soil and increases its shear strength and bearing capacity.’
    • ‘In addition to the extra strength and added capacity, the little gun has a unique feel in double-action shooting.’
    • ‘Shear strength is the capacity of a material to resist these internal and external forces.’
    • ‘Cellulose and ligin combine in wood to give it strength and resistance to pressure.’
    • ‘Bracing variables include wind pressure, strength of masonry, type of system, and type of strut anchorage.’
    • ‘Subsequently, wrought iron, having superior tensile strength, replaced cast iron in framing buildings.’
    • ‘An increase in tensile and yield strength at low temperature is characteristic of metals and alloys in general.’
    • ‘This means that the float has a fine tip that is better for bite detection yet has a thickish body to increase shot capacity and add strength.’
    • ‘Moreover, the fibers have greater tensile strength than those in standard fiberglass insulation.’
    • ‘In this respect, oak and hickory became valuable not only for their size and strength, but also for their resistance.’
    robustness, sturdiness, firmness, toughness, soundness, solidity, solidness, durability, stability
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    1. 2.1 The emotional or mental qualities necessary in dealing with difficult or distressing situations.
      ‘many people find strength in religion’
      ‘it takes strength of character to admit one needs help’
      • ‘If people can get strength from a belief and use that to do good in society, then who am I to mock them for believing in something I do not believe in.’
      • ‘He didn't know that she possessed that kind of strength in her.’
      • ‘She is a woman discovering the extent of her strength and resolve.’
      • ‘Berbizier castigated them after Paris, saying that it was more a lack of mental strength than an absence of fitness that saw them beaten.’
      • ‘Comparing footballers' mental strength with ours is like comparing their fitness levels with ours.’
      • ‘Those with the mental strength to accept responsibility are rare.’
      • ‘He was important because of the love he inspired and the inner strength he possessed.’
      • ‘For me, I just need strength to get through the unknown road ahead.’
      • ‘In truth, she knew he probably did indeed possess that strength but it made her feel a little better by trying to bruise his male ego.’
      • ‘Many of us who were close to Pavel know first hand the kind of strength and courage he demonstrated when he confronted his illness.’
      • ‘Visitors who came to the point by land, and wanting to reach the beach from that approach, needed a large amount of strength and bravery to get there.’
      • ‘In which situations did you receive strength to face difficulties?’
      • ‘He said they've demonstrated enormous strength and resolve and courage.’
      • ‘In emotional and mental strength she far supersedes a man.’
      • ‘That's nothing to do with fitness or skill levels; it's all about mental strength and we have been found wanting at times.’
      • ‘Today, your action demonstrates great moral strength and upholds this vision despite external intervention.’
      • ‘Her faith was a central part of her long life and through it she found much peace, strength and contentment.’
      • ‘Those who possess that inner strength will feel compelled to spread the word in any way they can for as long as they live.’
      • ‘She is a woman who appreciates and prefers other women's culture, their emotional flexibility and strength.’
      • ‘We want you to know we support you completely and appreciate your strength.’
      fortitude, resilience, backbone, spirit, strength of character, toughness of spirit, firmness, steadfastness, strong-mindedness, stoicism
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  • 3The potency or degree of concentration of a drug, chemical, or drink.

    ‘it's double the strength of your average beer’
    count noun ‘the solution comes in two strengths’
    • ‘In practice, even if patients were to take the wrong strength of these drugs it would make only a small difference, but for more toxic medicines it could prove fatal.’
    • ‘They believe full strength preparations of these substances generally damage the body in the long run.’
    • ‘The clostridium virus is believed to have come from dirt used to cut the drug to reduce its strength.’
    • ‘Spirit drinks will be taxed per hectolitre of pure alcohol instead of per degree of alcoholic strength.’
    • ‘The amount of substance dissolved in another substance is the concentration, or strength, of the solution.’
    • ‘The strength of an alcoholic drink is indicated by the percentage of alcohol by volume.’
    • ‘The black market also makes judging the drug's strength impossible, making overdose a high likelihood.’
    • ‘A unit is roughly equivalent to a small glass of wine or half a pint of beer of average strength.’
    • ‘The drink is brewed at St James's Gate in Dublin but is designed to match the taste and strength of the beer Nigerians drink at home.’
    • ‘Drinks should be much more clearly labelled with their strength - in particular the seemingly innocuous alcopops.’
    • ‘Make your coffee double strength, using two level tablespoons of coffee per three ounces of cold water.’
    • ‘For colds and flu this is fairly straightforward and will depend on the potency or strength of the remedy.’
    • ‘It will give the name of drug, strength, manufacturer, and physical description.’
    • ‘Grape sugars, for example, determine the possible potential alcoholic strength of the wine.’
    • ‘Full strength nutrient solution was used from transplanting to heading, and three-quarter strength was used thereafter.’
    powerfulness, power
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  • 4count noun A good or beneficial quality or attribute of a person or thing.

    ‘the strengths and weaknesses of their sales and marketing operation’
    ‘his strength was his obsessive single-mindedness’
    • ‘Experts have documented the strengths and weaknesses of the different analytical approaches.’
    • ‘However, Pierre's real strength lies in his ability to force a response from his readers.’
    • ‘The institution's greatest strength is its capacity to provide a key focus of identity through its strong social organization.’
    • ‘But at the end of the day, everyone has their own unique attributes and strengths that drive them forward.’
    • ‘The company's true strength lies in its potential as an integrated shipping and logistics firm.’
    • ‘The book's strengths include the quality and range of the reproductions utilized.’
    • ‘However, its main strength is its potential to provide an overarching political framework that will enable a wide range of goals to become achievable.’
    • ‘And in fact, the film's potential strength lies in its undermining of such bravado.’
    • ‘In fact its strength is in its complete willingness to give up.’
    • ‘This advantage could be attributed to strengths in pubic, private and civil society.’
    • ‘As you might expect, he believes his physical attributes are his greatest strengths.’
    • ‘America's economic strengths lie in qualities that are hard to distill into simple statistics or trends.’
    • ‘The book's strength is its convincing argument that religious groups often act like a single organism.’
    • ‘In some ways the collection's diversity is its strength, demonstrating the multifarious meanings and reaches of the medium.’
    • ‘It is illustrative of Deacon's strength in the close analysis and exposure of shoddy arguments.’
    • ‘It is a strength when his argument is based on its most concrete evidence: those plays for which full texts and some records survive.’
    • ‘Shteir dwells much more on the lives of actual striptease artists than on windy abstractions or academic arguments, and this is the book's great strength.’
    • ‘Our strength is knowing about complex planning laws.’
    • ‘In short, when it comes to moral discourse, the apparent weakness of religious belief is its strength.’
    strong point, advantage, asset, forte, strong suit, long suit, aptitude, talent, gift, skill
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    1. 4.1literary A person or thing perceived as a source of mental or emotional support.
      ‘he was my closest friend, my strength and shield’
      • ‘At this time, we remind ourselves that God is our rock, our strength, and support.’
      • ‘You are my strength and my song, my God. I trust in you and I shall not fear.’
      • ‘He was my strength and the strength for all the family.’
      • ‘He was always such a strength in supporting us, not pulling back on things we held dear and believed in.’
      support, pillar of strength, tower of strength, rock, mainstay, anchor
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  • 5The number of people comprising a group, typically a team or army.

    ‘the peacetime strength of the army was 415,000’
    • ‘Other nations might think twice when facing the force of overwhelming strength.’
    • ‘There is a feeling that the numerical strength of the armed forces is dwindling and that the Navy, too, is feeling the pinch.’
    • ‘That worked when the Army end strength was considerably larger than it is today.’
    • ‘He was always concerned about the inadequate strength of the German army.’
    • ‘The total strength of the armed forces in 1998 was 104,000 active members and 35,000 reserves.’
    • ‘There were plans to bring the total strength of forces to 300,000 personnel and 700 aircraft.’
    • ‘Chief Constable Michael Todd hopes to increase his force's strength from 7,400 to 8,000 in the next financial year.’
    • ‘The plan states that the army's numerical strength should be brought down to 42,100 people by 2004.’
    • ‘They allowed their forces to gather strength and experience kicking the Germans out of Africa, then Sicily, then up the Italian Peninsula.’
    • ‘We have got more than half the deployable strength of the U.S. Army there.’
    • ‘Gehlen lied about Soviet military strengths and intentions, helping to create the cold war.’
    • ‘He was confident that he would be able to move his corps up to concentrate in overwhelming strength over the next 24 hours, and decided to attack.’
    • ‘Some members of Congress are seeking to permanently increase the Army's end strength.’
    • ‘In legal terms, these numbers don't count against the Army's end strength.’
    • ‘We survived with just two till our son arrived and then succumbed to peer pressure and raised their strength to three.’
    • ‘US military intelligence cannot even tell the true nature, composition and strength of the guerrilla forces confronting them.’
    • ‘Throughout the four years it could have had greater and more immediate success if it had not been forced to lose strength to other theatres.’
    • ‘A U.S. commitment to Europe in corps strength is still necessary despite the reduced threat level in Europe.’
    • ‘It takes an army with adequate strength and a solid operational plan, however, to actually pull off such a campaign in any era.’
    • ‘As a result the potential Republican strength is maintained at 20 seats, with a Democratic advantage built into 33 seats.’
    size, extent, magnitude, largeness, greatness
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    1. 5.1 A number of people required to make such a group complete.
      ‘we are now more than 100 officers below strength’
      ‘some units will be maintained at full strength while others will rely on reserves’
      ‘City were under strength, yet put up a creditable performance’
      in combination ‘an under-strength side’
      • ‘Ballinakill were now back at full strength having been reduced to 14, midway through the opening half.’
      • ‘Their wartime combat strength level remains practically unchanged.’
      • ‘Another two Army battalions would be sent to the district to add strength to the existing forces for the operation.’
      • ‘Stanley's squad will be at full strength apart from Ged Brannan, still recovering from a rib injury.’
      • ‘At present the service is nine per cent below strength.’
      • ‘At full strength, 800 will be based in the town, and the remainder will handle logistics from neighbouring Uganda.’
      • ‘Around 70 special constables are also needed to take the force to full strength.’
      • ‘If police can cut crime with their present manpower levels, imagine what they could achieve at full strength.’
      • ‘At full strength, it will have about 600 students, with 130 new entrants each year.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the ousted forces have regained strength in the country's south east.’
      • ‘Fortunately, Stackpole Community Council remains at full strength and a recent vacancy attracted interest from more than one candidate.’
      • ‘They should be at full strength with the exception of Lee McTigue who sits out the second game of his two-match ban.’
      • ‘We have never been at full strength for quite some time.’
      • ‘The French had concentrated much of their strength in the Red River Delta.’
      • ‘Upon mobilization, reservists brought the standing units up to wartime strength and held the potential for fifteen reserve divisions.’
      • ‘They have no serious injury problems and hope to be at full strength for this crucial meeting with Knockmore.’
      size, extent, magnitude, largeness, greatness
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  • from strength

    • From a secure or advantageous position.

      ‘it makes sense to negotiate from strength’
      • ‘They'll now turn their attention toward the rotation… the team might deal from strength to bolster team depth.’
      • ‘He was anxious to keep the southern states together, and to negotiate from strength.’
      • ‘The failure of the General Strike of 1926 underlined his belief that unions should negotiate from strength.’
      • ‘The Soviet Union could now negotiate from strength.’
      • ‘Gateshead have highly-rated hooker Scott Collins and half-back Mike Hobbs back as Thomas selects from strength.’
      • ‘This suggests that the selectors will look at different players before picking from strength and targeting the second Test against Australia at Hampden.’
      • ‘But with the 2003 World Cup a barely disguised target, Oliver insisted New Zealand were building from strength.’
      • ‘He negotiated from strength with the Portuguese and was elected the first president of Mozambique in 1975.’
      • ‘Although Leigh picked up a crop of injuries in their semi-final win over Hull KR, they expect to pick from strength.’
      • ‘The team is dealing from strength because it already has possible replacements Brad Badger, Langston Walker, Chad Slaughter and Darryl Ashmore.’
  • give me strength!

    • Used as an expression of exasperation or annoyance.

      • ‘Please, give me strength.’
  • go from strength to strength

    • Develop or progress with increasing success.

      ‘his party has gone from strength to strength since he became leader’
      • ‘Scotland's sporting success goes from strength to strength.’
      • ‘Now the party's going from strength to strength at the minute.’
      • ‘Jill's confidence increased and she has gone from strength to strength with her equestrian skills.’
      • ‘Through this new partnership we will continue the positive progress made in recent years and ensure the area goes from strength to strength.’
      • ‘The group has gone from strength to strength and attendance at their plays has increased year after year.’
      • ‘Here is a party based on principles going from strength to strength in comparison with the unrelenting mendacity of both major parties.’
      • ‘The former poll tax protester, who took his oath of office with a raised fist, yesterday said the party would now go from strength to strength.’
      • ‘Judith's career went from strength to strength and she ended up as a national organiser and negotiator, being invited for beer and sandwiches at 10 Downing Street.’
      • ‘It has been a real success and I hope it goes from strength to strength.’
      • ‘The bad news for those who are predicting Livingston will collapse is that McNeill expects his players to go from strength to strength as the season progresses.’
  • in strength

    • In large numbers.

      ‘security forces were out in strength’
      • ‘Protection staff in strength are already posted as guardians of forests.’
      • ‘The Taliban, which is growing in strength, has vowed to thwart the elections.’
      • ‘The Neary clan was out in strength and there were many more familiar faces we met during the night.’
      • ‘The whole area was sanitized, and army, police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in strength.’
      • ‘Reduced to only three corps in strength, its fighting force was gravely diminished almost from the start.’
      • ‘These fields spread out immediately through the universe without loss in strength.’
      • ‘After a US victory at the town of San Antonio in 1836, Santa Anna's forces moved north in strength to retake it.’
      • ‘So last week, when media offices received an invitation for a briefing, they turned up in strength.’
      • ‘The Hampshire group is growing in strength and now has about 400 members.’
      • ‘Also present in strength are storybooks and colourful encyclopaedia for children.’
  • on the strength of

    • On the basis or with the justification of.

      ‘I joined the bank on the strength of an MA in English’
      • ‘Cunningham is first on the strength of four consecutive second-place finishes.’
      • ‘You may be wondering what has become of the baby, the one in the title, on the strength of which you may even have bought this book.’
      • ‘Recently, based on the strength of the previous article, I was asked to interview him once again.’
      • ‘I had been hired on the strength of technical skills which, on the first day, I discovered were no longer required.’
      • ‘Not many singers can claim the credit of being popular in an alien language on the strength of just one song.’
      • ‘Then take into account that the bank on the strength of my deposit can give out around four times my deposit.’
      • ‘Based on the strength of the yield, many experts believe this will continue.’
      • ‘No bank will hand over bank accounts on the strength of just a will, holographic or otherwise.’
      • ‘I think everyone builds a reputation on the strength of their words, online.’
      • ‘There's no way I'd dismiss them on the strength of yesterday's performance.’
      because of, by virtue of, on account of, on the basis of, based on, on the grounds of
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  • the strength of

    • The point or meaning of; the truth about.

      ‘you've about got the strength of it, Mick’
  • tower (or pillar) of strength

    • A person who can be relied upon to give a great deal of support and comfort to others.

      ‘Liz had been an absolute tower of strength over Laura's sudden departure’
      • ‘He said: ‘She's lost two stone and a lot of her confidence but she's a tower of strength underneath.’’
      • ‘Terry, too, has been a tower of strength and dynamism.’
      • ‘It is stomach-turning to realise that my parents, my pillars of strength and support, are victims of my wrongdoing.’
      • ‘My husband, always a tower of strength in moments of crisis, mumbled how he couldn't wait for his next visit when he could tell his companion about his last trip to the city with his first wife.’
      • ‘‘McCrystal's been an absolute tower of strength for us this season and of course he's a massive loss,’ said O'Boyle.’
      • ‘And while most of you will vehemently disagree with me, it is a pillar of strength to know that God is there with you and supporting you.’
      • ‘The Meningitis Trust has been a tower of strength to me, my wife Helen and daughter Sian - and they do the same for hundreds of other families each year.’
      • ‘But they lacked the craft and the power to break down a splendidly-organised Shannon defence, in which centre-back David Barrett was a tower of strength as players found it difficult to hold their footing.’
      • ‘He was a tower of strength and showed tremendous leadership in the performing of such a difficult role on behalf of the school.’
      • ‘Butts's mother was a community-minded tower of strength.’
      support, pillar of strength, tower of strength, rock, mainstay, anchor
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Old English strengthu, from the Germanic base of strong.