(~s, muscling, ~d)
Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.
A ~ is a piece of tissue inside your body which connects two bones and which you use when you make a movement.
Keeping your ~s strong and in tone helps you to avoid back problems...
He is suffering from a strained thigh ~...
If you say that someone has ~, you mean that they have power and influence, which enables them to do difficult things.
Eisenhower used his ~ to persuade Congress to change the law...
If a group, organization, or country flexes its ~s, it does something to impress or frighten people, in order to show them that it has power and is considering using it.
The Fair Trade Commission has of late been flexing its ~s, cracking down on cases of corruption.
PHRASE: V inflects
If you say that someone did not move a ~, you mean that they stayed absolutely still.
He stood without moving a ~, unable to believe what his eyes saw so plainly.
PHRASE: V inflects, with brd-neg