Definition of strength in English:


Pronunciation /strɛŋθ//strɛŋkθ/


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

    ‘cycling can help you build up your strength’
    • ‘His strength and other physical qualities already outmatch those of normal humans, but they are far from complete.’
    • ‘When the game has moved on in terms of speed, skill and physical strength, and new fouls have flourished, the rulebook needs an update.’
    • ‘They also use this strength to physically wear down the opposition.’
    • ‘Hill work makes athletes strong and strength is what a good cross-country runner needs.’
    • ‘He used the physical strength of his opponent to his advantage and made him fall to the ground under his own weight.’
    • ‘She was skilful and fast but he had the advantage of physical strength.’
    • ‘Outpatient physical therapy will help build up strength and endurance.’
    • ‘Its one disadvantage was that it demanded great physical strength and skill, which could only be developed through years of training.’
    • ‘Male advantages in physical strength and spatial skills were probably more useful in the past.’
    • ‘Certainly his physical skill and strength may improve for 10 or 20 years.’
    • ‘It seems oddly ironic that one could build an exterior of strength, that being strong seems strangely easier than being weak.’
    • ‘The forwards are not lacking in skill and spirit but their lack of physical strength may prove detrimental against a stronger outfit.’
    • ‘He was twice his build and physical strength was something he need not fear from the captain.’
    • ‘It is hard on the muscle, but you build a lot of strength.’
    • ‘These exercises are not designed to build muscles and physical strength like western sport.’
    • ‘He was a very strong worker and had enormous physical strength, yet he was soft spoken and very gentle.’
    • ‘‘We are trying to build up Rose's strength before she has any more chemotherapy,’ said Mrs Worrall.’
    • ‘She's done with physical therapy and working on building her muscle strength.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘They would then possess better strength and power to anticipate negative elements around them, he added.’
      • ‘Another source of outfitter strength is their political organization.’
      • ‘We've got a lot of work to do, but there's also a lot of strength and power when people get organized.’
      • ‘America lacks the political and military strength to go it alone in every instance.’
      • ‘They disposed of them without much trouble, because their enemies had no organization or strength in any type of numbers.’
      • ‘A great power possesses economic, diplomatic, and military strength and influence, and its interests extend beyond its own borders.’
      • ‘Yet many commanded large bodies of troops and simultaneously embodied real political strength and power.’
      • ‘Certainly business has been down in London, but the group has a strong regional strength.’
      • ‘The solution is a world government with a full legislature, courts, and enough military strength to enforce its power.’
      • ‘Ms Halliskog certainly had strength, dominance and power, but she'd end up turning everyone against her.’
      • ‘The United States possesses unprecedented - and unequaled - strength and influence in the world.’
      • ‘Their influence and financial strength became paramount during the last three decades of the nineteenth century.’
      • ‘In Japan, he sees political parties solely occupied in securing power and preoccupied in increasing strength and influence.’
      • ‘The architects were told to project an image of financial strength and strong corporate identity and to dominate the Bund.’
      • ‘The Irish possessed a strength of numbers, influence, and confidence beyond their fellow Irish in North America and elsewhere.’
      • ‘However, not all of the efforts to undermine the political strength of the Muslim organisations have been successful.’
      • ‘It has become an area of manipulation rather than one of organised power and strength, which is frustrating.’
      • ‘Throughout the 1990s the indigenous movement grew in political strength and influence.’
      • ‘Is commercial power more important than military strength?’
      • ‘Pakistan aligned itself to China, the only regional power that matched India's military strength.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Future research should explore the mechanisms through which inconsistency influences attitude strength.’
      • ‘With that strength of belief, all we needed was a break.’
      • ‘The strength of her belief, of her conviction, warped the dream around her.’
      • ‘Our main finding is that strength of spiritual belief is an important predictor of bereavement outcome.’
      • ‘Is friendship really only a mechanism for testing the objective strength and adequacy of belief?’
      • ‘Not being politicians, they can fail to recognise the strength of local feeling.’
      • ‘By the same token, councillors ignore local strength of feeling at their peril.’
      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’
      • ‘The strength of the argument lies in its concern for the welfare of citizens in general.’
      • ‘When we take the emotional argument, or social argument, we see that, clearly, there is no strength to that 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Initially I thought there was considerable strength in this argument.’
      • ‘Many of you commented and added strength to the arguments (thanks again for that).’
      • ‘The strength of the argument, however, lies not in its ability to convince but in what it removes.’
      • ‘When these are open to discussion, the idea is already questionable and has lost its force and strength.’
      • ‘Also, addressing people by correct name and title may put more strength to your argument.’
      • ‘As always, Duncan started by addressing the strength in the opposing argument.’
      • ‘It may also add strength to the argument for a move away from the current structure of 43 separate forces.’
      • ‘The apparent strength of the former argument is that it appears to have been confirmed by events.’
      • ‘We had restrictions on our view as to our strength of argument under the warranty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The strength of the evidence supporting any warrant is a matter for the courts to determine.’
      • ‘With the UN solution's credibility battered, the argument for Kosovo's independence is gathering strength.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And two powerful storms are gaining strength as they barrel toward land tonight.’
    5. 1.5Bridge The potential of a hand to win tricks, arising from the number and type of high cards it contains.
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Shear strength is the capacity of a material to resist these internal and external forces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The compressive yield strength of magnesium alloys is defined as the stress necessary to produce 0.2 per cent permanent set.’
    • ‘It exceeds the elastic strength pressure and permissible pressure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition to the extra strength and added capacity, the little gun has a unique feel in double-action shooting.’
    • ‘Bracing variables include wind pressure, strength of masonry, type of system, and type of strut anchorage.’
    • ‘The high strength arises because molecular chains that are packed in a closer, more orderly manner cohere more avidly.’
    • ‘This is important because these fibers have the greatest potential for growth and strength.’
    • ‘Subsequently, wrought iron, having superior tensile strength, replaced cast iron in framing buildings.’
    • ‘Cellulose and ligin combine in wood to give it strength and resistance to pressure.’
    • ‘Testing laboratories will check the entire chain, from source to the finished product, for size and strength.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Aircraft cable is best for this because it has greater tensile strength and can be pulled tighter.’
    • ‘Fatigue strength of butt welds is very low.’
    • ‘The addition of salty water increased the unconfined compressive strength of the clay soil.’
    • ‘An increase in tensile and yield strength at low temperature is characteristic of metals and alloys in general.’
    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’
      • ‘He was important because of the love he inspired and the inner strength he possessed.’
      • ‘He said they've demonstrated enormous strength and resolve and courage.’
      • ‘Many of us who were close to Pavel know first hand the kind of strength and courage he demonstrated when he confronted his illness.’
      • ‘Comparing footballers' mental strength with ours is like comparing their fitness levels with ours.’
      • ‘For me, I just need strength to get through the unknown road ahead.’
      • ‘In emotional and mental strength she far supersedes a man.’
      • ‘She is a woman discovering the extent of her strength and resolve.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That's nothing to do with fitness or skill levels; it's all about mental strength and we have been found wanting at times.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Those who possess that inner strength will feel compelled to spread the word in any way they can for as long as they live.’
      • ‘Her faith was a central part of her long life and through it she found much peace, strength and contentment.’
      • ‘Today, your action demonstrates great moral strength and upholds this vision despite external intervention.’
      • ‘She is a woman who appreciates and prefers other women's culture, their emotional flexibility and strength.’
      • ‘In which situations did you receive strength to face difficulties?’
      • ‘Those with the mental strength to accept responsibility are rare.’
      • ‘Berbizier castigated them after Paris, saying that it was more a lack of mental strength than an absence of fitness that saw them beaten.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We want you to know we support you completely and appreciate your strength.’
      • ‘He didn't know that she possessed that kind of strength in her.’
      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’
    • ‘Drinks should be much more clearly labelled with their strength - in particular the seemingly innocuous alcopops.’
    • ‘For colds and flu this is fairly straightforward and will depend on the potency or strength of the remedy.’
    • ‘Full strength nutrient solution was used from transplanting to heading, and three-quarter strength was used thereafter.’
    • ‘They believe full strength preparations of these substances generally damage the body in the long run.’
    • ‘The black market also makes judging the drug's strength impossible, making overdose a high likelihood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Make your coffee double strength, using two level tablespoons of coffee per three ounces of cold water.’
    • ‘Spirit drinks will be taxed per hectolitre of pure alcohol instead of per degree of alcoholic strength.’
    • ‘It will give the name of drug, strength, manufacturer, and physical description.’
    • ‘A unit is roughly equivalent to a small glass of wine or half a pint of beer of average strength.’
    • ‘The clostridium virus is believed to have come from dirt used to cut the drug to reduce its strength.’
    • ‘The strength of an alcoholic drink is indicated by the percentage of alcohol by volume.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The amount of substance dissolved in another substance is the concentration, or strength, of the solution.’
    • ‘Grape sugars, for example, determine the possible potential alcoholic strength of the wine.’
    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’
    • ‘America's economic strengths lie in qualities that are hard to distill into simple statistics or trends.’
    • ‘This advantage could be attributed to strengths in pubic, private and civil society.’
    • ‘The institution's greatest strength is its capacity to provide a key focus of identity through its strong social organization.’
    • ‘In short, when it comes to moral discourse, the apparent weakness of religious belief is its strength.’
    • ‘However, Pierre's real strength lies in his ability to force a response from his readers.’
    • ‘As you might expect, he believes his physical attributes are his greatest strengths.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The book's strengths include the quality and range of the reproductions utilized.’
    • ‘The book's strength is its convincing argument that religious groups often act like a single organism.’
    • ‘Our strength is knowing about complex planning laws.’
    • ‘In fact its strength is in its complete willingness to give up.’
    • ‘Experts have documented the strengths and weaknesses of the different analytical approaches.’
    • ‘But at the end of the day, everyone has their own unique attributes and strengths that drive them forward.’
    • ‘In some ways the collection's diversity is its strength, demonstrating the multifarious meanings and reaches of the medium.’
    • ‘And in fact, the film's potential strength lies in its undermining of such bravado.’
    • ‘The company's true strength lies in its potential as an integrated shipping and logistics firm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, its main strength is its potential to provide an overarching political framework that will enable a wide range of goals to become achievable.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At this time, we remind ourselves that God is our rock, our strength, and support.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘There were plans to bring the total strength of forces to 300,000 personnel and 700 aircraft.’
    • ‘US military intelligence cannot even tell the true nature, composition and strength of the guerrilla forces confronting them.’
    • ‘Gehlen lied about Soviet military strengths and intentions, helping to create the cold war.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The total strength of the armed forces in 1998 was 104,000 active members and 35,000 reserves.’
    • ‘We have got more than half the deployable strength of the U.S. Army there.’
    • ‘They allowed their forces to gather strength and experience kicking the Germans out of Africa, then Sicily, then up the Italian Peninsula.’
    • ‘As a result the potential Republican strength is maintained at 20 seats, with a Democratic advantage built into 33 seats.’
    • ‘Chief Constable Michael Todd hopes to increase his force's strength from 7,400 to 8,000 in the next financial year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was always concerned about the inadequate strength of the German army.’
    • ‘The plan states that the army's numerical strength should be brought down to 42,100 people by 2004.’
    • ‘In legal terms, these numbers don't count against the Army's end strength.’
    • ‘Other nations might think twice when facing the force of overwhelming strength.’
    • ‘Some members of Congress are seeking to permanently increase the Army's end strength.’
    • ‘A U.S. commitment to Europe in corps strength is still necessary despite the reduced threat level in Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We survived with just two till our son arrived and then succumbed to peer pressure and raised their strength to three.’
    • ‘It takes an army with adequate strength and a solid operational plan, however, to actually pull off such a campaign in any era.’
    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’
      • ‘They have no serious injury problems and hope to be at full strength for this crucial meeting with Knockmore.’
      • ‘At full strength, 800 will be based in the town, and the remainder will handle logistics from neighbouring Uganda.’
      • ‘Fortunately, Stackpole Community Council remains at full strength and a recent vacancy attracted interest from more than one candidate.’
      • ‘At present the service is nine per cent below strength.’
      • ‘Ballinakill were now back at full strength having been reduced to 14, midway through the opening half.’
      • ‘Another two Army battalions would be sent to the district to add strength to the existing forces for the operation.’
      • ‘Their wartime combat strength level remains practically unchanged.’
      • ‘They should be at full strength with the exception of Lee McTigue who sits out the second game of his two-match ban.’
      • ‘If police can cut crime with their present manpower levels, imagine what they could achieve at full strength.’
      • ‘Around 70 special constables are also needed to take the force to full strength.’
      • ‘We have never been at full strength for quite some time.’
      • ‘At full strength, it will have about 600 students, with 130 new entrants each year.’
      • ‘The French had concentrated much of their strength in the Red River Delta.’
      • ‘Stanley's squad will be at full strength apart from Ged Brannan, still recovering from a rib injury.’
      • ‘Upon mobilization, reservists brought the standing units up to wartime strength and held the potential for fifteen reserve divisions.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the ousted forces have regained strength in the country's south east.’
      size, extent, magnitude, largeness, greatness
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  • from strength

    • From a secure or advantageous position.

      ‘it makes sense to negotiate from strength’
      • ‘The Soviet Union could now negotiate from strength.’
      • ‘He negotiated from strength with the Portuguese and was elected the first president of Mozambique in 1975.’
      • ‘Gateshead have highly-rated hooker Scott Collins and half-back Mike Hobbs back as Thomas selects from strength.’
      • ‘He was anxious to keep the southern states together, and to negotiate 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.’
      • ‘The team is dealing from strength because it already has possible replacements Brad Badger, Langston Walker, Chad Slaughter and Darryl Ashmore.’
      • ‘But with the 2003 World Cup a barely disguised target, Oliver insisted New Zealand were building from strength.’
      • ‘The failure of the General Strike of 1926 underlined his belief that unions should negotiate from strength.’
      • ‘Although Leigh picked up a crop of injuries in their semi-final win over Hull KR, they expect to pick from strength.’
      • ‘They'll now turn their attention toward the rotation… the team might deal from strength to bolster team depth.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The group has gone from strength to strength and attendance at their plays has increased year after year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now the party's going from strength to strength at the minute.’
      • ‘Here is a party based on principles going from strength to strength in comparison with the unrelenting mendacity of both major parties.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Scotland's sporting success goes from strength to strength.’
      • ‘Jill's confidence increased and she has gone from strength to strength with her equestrian skills.’
      • ‘It has been a real success and I hope it goes from strength to strength.’
      • ‘Through this new partnership we will continue the positive progress made in recent years and ensure the area goes from strength to strength.’
  • in strength

    • In large numbers.

      ‘security forces were out in strength’
      • ‘The whole area was sanitized, and army, police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in strength.’
      • ‘Protection staff in strength are already posted as guardians of forests.’
      • ‘These fields spread out immediately through the universe without loss in strength.’
      • ‘Also present in strength are storybooks and colourful encyclopaedia for children.’
      • ‘The Taliban, which is growing in strength, has vowed to thwart the elections.’
      • ‘Reduced to only three corps in strength, its fighting force was gravely diminished almost from the start.’
      • ‘The Hampshire group is growing in strength and now has about 400 members.’
      • ‘The Neary clan was out in strength and there were many more familiar faces we met during the night.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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.’
      • ‘Then take into account that the bank on the strength of my deposit can give out around four times my deposit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Not many singers can claim the credit of being popular in an alien language on the strength of just one song.’
      • ‘Recently, based on the strength of the previous article, I was asked to interview him once again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Based on the strength of the yield, many experts believe this will continue.’
      • ‘I had been hired on the strength of technical skills which, on the first day, I discovered were no longer required.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘It is stomach-turning to realise that my parents, my pillars of strength and support, are victims of my wrongdoing.’
      • ‘Butts's mother was a community-minded tower of strength.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Terry, too, has been a tower of strength and dynamism.’
      • ‘‘McCrystal's been an absolute tower of strength for us this season and of course he's a massive loss,’ said O'Boyle.’
      • ‘He was a tower of strength and showed tremendous leadership in the performing of such a difficult role on behalf of the school.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said: ‘She's lost two stone and a lot of her confidence but she's a tower of strength underneath.’’
      support, pillar of strength, tower of strength, rock, mainstay, anchor
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Old English strengthu, from the Germanic base of strong.