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    Question "a spent force"

    Hi friends,

    I have a question that I couldn't really figure it out. Below is an excerpt from Newsweek's article.

    In political terms, Thaksin Shinawatra is all but "a spent force". Two weeks ago Thailand's former prime minister slipped quietly abroad to the safety of his mansions in the United Kingdom, ending expectations that his triumphant January homecoming from exile after his ouster in a bloodless coup in 2006 might presage his return to national politics.
    In this context, could you please explain to me what this idiom "a spent force" means?


    Thanks in advance

    Jill

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    Re: "a spent force"

    Quote Originally Posted by jilla View Post
    Hi friends,

    I have a question that I couldn't really figure it out. Below is an excerpt from Newsweek's article.



    In this context, could you please explain to me what this idiom "a spent force" means? "a spent force" is not an idiom.
    "a spent force" is a person or persons (or something) who (that) have lost their (its) previous power. They (it) no longer have (has) the power they (it) once had.
    Besides people, things such as hurricanes can be spent forces.

    Thanks in advance

    Jill
    2006

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