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n. often thews
1. Muscular power or strength.
2. A well-developed sinew or muscle: "sinews of steel, thews of iron, abdomen like one of those old-time washing boards" (Michael Kelly).
[Middle English, individual habit, virtue, strength (sense influenced by sinew), from Old English thēaw, a custom, habit.]
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1. (Anatomy) muscle, esp if strong or well-developed
2. (plural) muscular strength
[Old English thēaw; related to Old Saxon, Old High German thau discipline, Latin tuērī to observe, tūtus secure]
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1. Usu., thews. muscle or sinew.
2. thews, physical strength.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English thēaw custom, usage, c. Old Saxon thau, Old High German thau, dau discipline]
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