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They accused the police of using excessive force during the arrest.
The army took control of the region by force.
You can achieve more by persuasion than by brute force (=physical force alone).
His body swung round with the force of the blow.
The office block took the full force of the blast.
We have convinced people by the force of our argument.
He persuaded them to re-elect him by sheer force of personality.
the social and political forces that shape people’s lives
For years he was a dominant force in Spanish politics.
The UN is a force for stability.
The most obvious force for change in industry is technical advance.
She was certainly the driving force behind the campaign.
the force of gravity
a force 9 gale
Both countries have now withdrawn their forces from the area.
a UN peacekeeping force
an effective sales force
Bill was a senior police officer, who joined the force back in 1982.