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spent force

  
  
If you refer to someone who used to be powerful as a spent force, you mean that they no longer have any power or influence.      n-sing   a N  
As a political leader he was something of a spent force.     
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spent  
1    Spent is the past tense and past participle of spend.  
2       adj   Spent substances or containers have been used and cannot be used again.  
usu ADJ n  
Radioactive waste is simply spent fuel...     


spent force     
If you refer to someone who used to be powerful as a spent force, you mean that they no longer have any power or influence.      n-sing   a N  
As a political leader he was something of a spent force.     

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spent

  

      adj  
1    all in     (slang)   burnt out, bushed     (informal)   clapped out     (Austral. & N.Z. informal)   dead beat     (informal)   debilitated, dog-tired     (informal)   done in or up     (informal)   drained, effete, exhausted, fagged (out)     (informal)   knackered     (slang)   played out     (informal)   prostrate, ready to drop     (informal)   shagged out     (Brit. slang)   shattered     (informal)   tired out, weakened, wearied, weary, whacked     (Brit. informal)   wiped out     (informal)   worn out, zonked     (informal)  
2    consumed, expended, finished, gone, used up  

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sent, spend, spelt, spendthrift

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n.
adresse passe force
n.
à force faut industrie
n.
free time spent taking care also of work-related tasks
formed based on "work" and "leisure"
n.
confession faite par force ne vaut rien
n.
à force de mal aller tout ira bien
exp.
fais_toi violence
n.
à force de taper sur le clou, on finit par l'enfoncer
n.
à force de caresser son petit le macaque l'a tué
n.
à force d'être malade on finit par devenir un bon médecin
conj.
albeit although, even if, even though, notwithstanding that, tho' (U.S. or poetic) though <You use albeit to introduce a fact or comment which reduces the force or significance of what you have just said. FORMAL adv ADV with cl/group (=although)
Charles's letter was indeed published, albeit in a somewhat abbreviated form.
n.
à force de dire à un homme pendant quarante jours qu'il était fou, on l'a rendu fou
n.
ce qui est gagné sur le dos du diable est dépensé sous son ventre
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