By main force

Also found in: Idioms.
Related to By main force: water main, force majeure
by mere force or sheer force; by violent effort; as, to subdue insurrection by main force.

See also: Main

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female guests into hysterics by generally behaving like a (musk) elephant, the noble beast was captured by main force and carried (quatre pattes dans l'air) by six sailors, which relieved India of his distinguished presence.