flex one's muscles

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British pronunciation/flˈɛks wˈɒnz mˈʌsəlz/
American pronunciation/flˈɛks wˈʌnz mˈʌsəlz/
to flex one's muscles

to display power or ability to scare or impress others

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to [flex] {one's} muscles definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "flex one's muscles" and when to use it?

The idiom "flex one's muscles" originated from the literal action of flexing or contracting one's muscles to demonstrate strength or physical prowess. The term "flex" refers to the action of tightening or contracting muscles, typically done to showcase their size, definition, or power. Over time, the phrase became a figurative way to describe assertive displays of power, skill, or authority in different domains.

The company's CEO regularly flexes his muscles in the boardroom, demonstrating his authority and decision-making power.
If he continues to train diligently, he will be able to flex his muscles in the upcoming championship and prove his skills.
The business mogul flexed his muscles in the market, strategically expanding his empire and outmaneuvering competitors.
The team captain frequently flexes his muscles on the field, asserting his leadership and physical prowess.
The fabric of the shirt tightened around his chest as he flexed his muscles.
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