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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.
free time spent taking care also of work-related tasks
formed based on "work" and "leisure"
conj.
albeit although, even if, even though, notwithstanding that, tho' (U.S. or poetic) though
Charles's letter was indeed published, albeit in a somewhat abbreviated form.

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