Definition of strongman in US English:


nounPlural strongmen

  • 1A man of great physical strength, especially one who performs feats of strength as a form of entertainment.

    • ‘Jews, they wanted to prove, could be strongmen too.’
    • ‘Ivan ‘the Polish Piledriver’ Putski was a legendary strongman, famous for performing feats of strength prior to matches.’
    • ‘Defeating both of these strongmen garnered Sandow a contract to perform in London at the prestigious Alhambra Music Hall.’
    • ‘Namibian strongman Andre du Preez will perform his feats of physical strength for one and half hours before the start of the fireworks.’
    • ‘Keith began his ascent in the circus, running a sideshow populated with freaks, strongmen, fortune-tellers, and other wonders.’
    • ‘So tiny star Istvan Toth has the perfect companions - the circus strongmen.’
    • ‘The real strongmen, the genuinely strongest of the strong, look different physically.’
    • ‘Macdonald considers the oddball strongman a performance artist who was ‘part of our culture, our heritage.’’
    • ‘The film is based on the true story of a Jewish strongman (played by two-time world's strongest man Jouko Ahola) in Nazi Germany.’
    • ‘After easily defeating a circus strongman for a cash prize, Zishe catches the attention of a German impresario who wants him to come to Berlin.’
    • ‘Several companies make them, and they're very popular with power-lifters, strongmen and other strength and power athletes.’
    muscleman, macho, macho man, iron man, hercules, atlas, samson, tarzan
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    1. 1.1 A leader who rules by the exercise of threats, force, or violence.
      • ‘He has repeatedly guaranteed the former military strongman an immediate pardon were he ever to be convicted.’
      • ‘One way of escaping such dichotomies is to cease thinking about them, replacing this uncomfortable confusion with decisive rule by a strongman.’
      • ‘It spurred students and workers in Asia, Africa, and Latin America to oppose the military strongmen, dictators and demagogues in their countries.’
      • ‘Today, strongmen are no longer in place and neither is leadership.’
      • ‘The military strongman rules Taiwan until his death in 1975.’
      • ‘Close associates of the former strongman allegedly often garnered funds from Bulog for their own businesses.’
      • ‘To the Pakistani strongman, Kashmir is a matter of commitment and conviction.’
      • ‘That it does not have this is a sign of political immaturity and the KMT's origins in strongman rule.’
      • ‘Kunduz is the home ground of Dostum, an ethnic Uzbek strongman.’
      • ‘The cosy relationship between old political strongmen and big business is dead.’
      • ‘This tiny force is completely outgunned and outnumbered by an estimated 200,000 militia fighters under the control of various local strongmen.’
      • ‘These forces, and the strongmen who control these private and separate armies, could well inherit the kingdom.’
      • ‘"I don't know, " he said when asked if he planned to see the Iraqi strongman.’
      • ‘The KMT regime relied completely on the unique characteristics of a strongman leader, emphasizing leadership over the law.’
      • ‘"Political repression by local strongmen is the principal problem, " the New York-based rights group said.’
      • ‘Several parts of the countryside are controlled by ‘revolutionary’ regional strongmen and their cutthroat armies.’
      • ‘When Suharto was Indonesia's president, the strongman's relatives and friends built business empires blessed by his favor.’
      • ‘‘Wiranto wants a reconciliation,’ said Muladi, who was a justice minister under the 32-year rule of strongman Suharto.’
      • ‘They opt for a presidential system, which tends to be a bad idea in states with traditions of strongman rule.’
      • ‘He will enjoy the kind support normally offered to Panamanian strongmen and Paris Hilton's publicists.’