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noun muscle pronunciation in British English /ˈmʌs(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a piece of flesh that connects one bone to another and is used for moving a particular part of your body
    These exercises are good for your stomach muscles.
    pull a muscle (=injure a muscle): He limped out of the game after pulling a muscle .
  2. 2
    [uncountable] physical strength
    It’s going to take a lot of muscle to lift the fridge.
    1. a.
      the power that a person or organization uses to influence or control a situation
      military/financial/political muscle
      The stars will use their muscle to make the campaign a success.

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