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brawn (noun) physical strength (in comparison with brains).

Brawn is the strength of the body, especially when we talk of it in comparison with mental strength, namely intelligence. A person has both brains and brawn, when they are intelligent as well as physically strong. A strong mind in a strong body is believed to be the ideal combination. That is, the ideal person is intelligent as well as strong physically.

  • Ulysses, the hero of Homer's Odyssey, had both brains and brawn. He was a great warrior and at the same time, a man of acute cleverness.
  • Dyer's brawn matches his brains. Very well-built, robust, and handsome, he is also very sharp mentally.
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