intimidating force

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The purpose of the Police Act of 1861 was to introduce the police as a cruel, formidable and intimidating force so that nobody could raise his or her voice against the British Empire.
A rough-and-tough, fierce competitor from Proviso High School, Ray Nitschke was a third-round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers out of Illinois who was at the right place at the right time -- becoming an intimidating force as the leader of the great Packer defenses in the Vince Lombardi era.
As a USHA Grand Master, Steve was an intimidating force to all his singles opponents, despite being a soft hitter.
Economically, the alliance is also an intimidating force, representing more than 50 percent of global GDP.
Although researchers have found that those who wear red tops are more successful in sport, World Cup holders New Zealand have been rugby union's dominant and most intimidating force in recent years with their All Black strip.
Their starting lineup as well as their bench, is an intimidating force, which allows the Beirut side the luxury of chopping and changing the lineup if need be.
The Elasto Painters signed up the 6foot9 former Syracuse stalwart in the US NCAA, who could be an intimidating force in the middle to complement Rain or Shine's talented frontline.
Both seem to know that their ideas or influence are unsellable on their merits, so they have to impose them with intimidating force -- "convert to puritanical Islam or I will chop your head off,'' says the Islamic State, and "submit to Russia's sphere of influence or I will invade you and wipe out your regime,'' says Putin.
Laced with some pointed comedy, Nebraska is largely a platform for Dern but also offers June Squibb the chance to portray the acid–tongued mum as an intimidating force of nature.
Tiger was arguably at the peak of his powers and was clearly an intimidating force in the game - games were crumbling around him.
He was arguably at the peak of his powers and clearly an intimidating force in the game.
He's certainly an intimidating force to deal with," says Slater, whose character is strapped to a chair and interrogated by Stallone's hitman alter ego.