failure of strength

See: frailty
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Ms Lloyd said: "I think most people who see the film will feel that Meryl's performance of the older Margaret really does take care of her dignity and we all felt that somehow the portrait of somebody who is experiencing a failure of strength and health and forgetfulness is not a shameful thing to put on the screen.
The breaking of a string in a tennis or badminton racquet is an example of a failure of strength, but except when equipment is mis-used, it is rare for sports equipment to fail due to lack of strength.

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