a spent force

someone or something that does not have the influence that they had in the past

He now looks like a spent force in politics.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • spent force — noun A person or thing whose former strength, usefulness, etc is exhausted • • • Main Entry: ↑spend …   Useful english dictionary

  • spent force — N SING: a N 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. He had begun to look a spent force, a politician led by events rather than controlling them …   English dictionary

  • spent force — noun A person, organization, or process which is no longer influential, effective, or robust. Evolution was not a spent force, but one still working …   Wiktionary

  • (a) spent force — a spent force phrase someone or something that does not have the influence that they had in the past He now looks like a spent force in politics. Thesaurus: unsuccessful person or thingsynonym Main entry: spent * * * a ˌspent ˈforce idiom a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • spent — spent1 [spent] the past tense and past participle of ↑spend spent 2 spent2 adj 1.) already used, and now empty or useless ▪ He tried to eject the spent cartridge and reload. ▪ spent matches 2.) a spent force if a political idea or organization is …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spent — 1 the past tense and past participle of spend 2 adjective 1 already used, and now empty or useless: spent cartridges 2 be a spent force if a political idea or organization is spent force, it no longer has any power or influence: Socialism had… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • spent — spent1 [ spent ] adjective 1. ) used, and no longer useful: spent nuclear fuel 2. ) LITERARY very tired a spent force MAINLY BRITISH something or someone that does not have the influence they had in the past spent spent 2 the past tense and past… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • spent — adjective /ˈspɛnt/ Consumed, used up, exhausted, depleted. a spent cartridge See Also: spent force …   Wiktionary

  • spent — I UK [spent] / US adjective 1) used and no longer useful spent nuclear fuel 2) literary very tired • a spent force II UK / US the past tense and past participle of spend I …   English dictionary

  • spent — adjective 1) a spent force Syn: used up, consumed, exhausted, finished, depleted, drained; informal burnt out 2) that s enough I m spent Syn: exhausted, tired (out), weary, worn out, dog tired …   Thesaurus of popular words

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