Definition of strongman in English:

strongman

nounstrongmen

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

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

Pronunciation

strongman

/ˈstrɒŋman/