force to be reckoned with

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - force to be reckoned with

"force to be reckoned with"

a person or thing considered to be strong, powerful, or difficult to defeat


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - force to be reckoned with

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Have you heard about this fresh new company with its completely innovative product? Do you think it will be a problem for us?

Colleague 2:  We are a well-established company with a proven track record. How could we possible feel threatened by a fledgling company?

Colleague 1:  If their product is as innovative and unique as I've heard and the new company can get some traction in the marketplace, it will become a force to be reckoned with.

Colleague 2:  Then I suppose that we should pay attention to this new company and their product and be prepared for a battle.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - force to be reckoned with

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Where are you going?

Friend 2:  There are a group of us students who want to become more active in school politics. For too long, we haven't really had a voice in the governing of the university. It is time that changed. We are busy recruiting members and getting our message out.

Friend 1:  And do you really think that a student group can affect any real change?

Friend 2:  With just over sixty-five percent of the student population actively involved, we are now a powerful force to be reckoned with. The university administration has agreed to have a meeting with our representatives.

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force to be reckoned with - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for force to be reckoned with.

force to be reckoned with - Examples:

1) He would be a force to be reckoned with, absolutely. Top 10 possibly, and a staying power throughout the struggle. 

2)  As more and more cancer survivors thrive, we become a force to be reckoned with. Cancer survivors should not feel slighted in addition to all the other issues ...

3)  Sharpton's MSNBC show has become a force to be reckoned with in American politics, bringing issues of race to the forefront.

4)  ... been paying attention, you've known that smartphones are a force to be reckoned with and were expected to eventually dominate worldwide. 

5)  ... she made it clear she was a force to be reckoned with -- certainly not one that some gun-toting playboy would push around.

6)  Reitman's direction shows he's a force to be reckoned with and should be in full blown force for Oscar consideration along with the adaptation ...

7)  The angry person who might seek spiteful revenge is a force to be reckoned with, while a sensible opponent can be easily dealt with.

8)  ... any good mother when her children are threatened, Kali is a force to be reckoned with. She is both a loving teacher and fierce protector. 

9)  ... the 20th century, Japan was recognized by Western powers as a force to be reckoned with, and Japan became a member of the League of Nations.

10)  ... insufficient attention to state-sponsored terrorism, which will increasingly be a major force to be reckoned with.

11)  Though she's now 62, Weaver still proves a force to be reckoned with, oozing authority and doling out smackdowns with cameo appearances in ...

12)  ... rounding error in the sales numbers. Will they ever be a force to be reckoned with? I have my doubts. The batteries are still huge and heavy.

13)  Chinese women have become quite a force to be reckoned with in recent years. 

14)  ... a National Book Award winner that established her as a force to be reckoned with. Since that auspicious beginning, she has been nominated for nearly every major ...

15)  Perfectly cooked octopus is a force to be reckoned with: juicy and tender, instead of bland and rubbery.

16)  ... the radical Industrial Workers of the World had become a force to be reckoned with, culminating in its success in the Lawrence textile mill strike in 1912.

17)  ... shows people that you're in the room. You are a force to be reckoned with, and you're not shrinking or cowering from the way others make you ...

18)  Google Maps Wishlist Google maps is a force to be reckoned with, just ask Apple, and any other map tech out there.

19)  I truly believe anarchist ideals are spreading and will be a force to be reckoned with sooner than later.

20)  That's what masses of people are; they are a force to be reckoned with.