Definition of strongman noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    strongman

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈstrɔŋmæn//
     
    (pl. strongmen
    NAmE//ˈstrɔŋmɛn//
     
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  1. 1a leader who uses threats or violence to rule a country The country has been under the control of military strongmen for a long time.
  2. 2a physically very strong man, especially someone who performs in a circus
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