(to be) able-bodied

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - (to be) able-bodied

"(to be) able-bodied"

not physically disabled;

strong and healthy


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - (to be) able-bodied

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I hear you are moving this weekend.

Friend 2:  Yes.  I found a great new apartment.

Friend 1: Do you need some help with moving.

Friend 2:  That would be great.

Friend 1:  I will round up all our able-bodied friends and recruit them for the move.

Friend 2:  Thanks.  I will supply the beer and pizza.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - (to be) able-bodied

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I hear you're gearing up the factory to increase production by fifty percent.

Colleague 2:  Sales have been great. The challenge with increasing production is finding workers.

Colleague 1:  What are the job requirements?

Colleague 2:  The job is fairly easy as far as mental capacity is concerned but it is a rather difficult physical environment.

Colleague 1:  So you need people who are able-bodied and ready to work.

(to be) able-bodied - Usage:


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(to be) able-bodied - Gerund Form:

Being able-bodied, I volunteered to do the heavy lifting.

(to be) able-bodied - Examples:

1)  This equips students with the skills they need to be comfortable with their able-bodied peers and to succeed in a variety of environments.

2)  ... for in reality 50 per cent., perhaps, of the able-bodied are called up for training.

3)  It was not a problem. inconvenient, yes. But any able-bodied, responsible adult can handle the situation, and we did.

4)  In 1941 America went to war -- a vast mobilization that employed every able-bodied adult American, and put money in their pockets.

5)  Originally, the militia was organized as the entire able-bodied male citizenry between eighteen and forty-five years of age, self-equipped, and required to ...

6)  There were great paying jobs and every able-bodied young man I knew got their butts up there to work. 

7)  I liked what I was doing, so as long as I was able-bodied and they wanted me around, I figured I'd stay.

8)  However, that welfare system should include requirements that able-bodied people transition to work.

9)  At age 10, he and his buddies were recruited to fill in while the able-bodied men of Danville were off fighting to save the world.

10)  Through the establishment of industrial standards we propose to secure to the able-bodied immigrant and to his native fellow workers a larger share of American opportunity.

11)  Ninety percent of my tenants were able-bodied women with children who simply chose welfare instead of work. 

12)  They were young, probably in their early twenties, he thought, and able-bodied, with large black assault rifles and matching rucksacks that sagged from the weight of ...

13)  I went from being able-bodied in one month to having a significant disability that took two years of medication and ...

14)  In other words, young and able-bodied people can still be prevented from killing themselves because their lives have objective worth.

15)  According to Milam, able-bodied adults and working families accept assistance for much shorter periods of time.

16)  The able-bodied prisoners are employed on the roads and other public works, and attend upon the ...

17)  We also helped our able-bodied teenagers get min. wage jobs to help out.

18)  The proper test for being "able-bodied" must involve meeting certain standards that are independent of age, such as skill ...

19)  Able-bodied people sometimes use elevators, but able-bodied people don't use access buttons.

20)  I remind all able-bodied persons in my household to wash their freaking dishes right after they are done using ...