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on the strength of

Meaning: If you do something on the strength of certain advice or information, you do it because the advice or information suggests doing it.

For example:

  • I saw the movie on the strength of what Rod had said. I wouldn't have seen it if he hadn't said it was good.

  • They gave me an interview on the strength of a recommendation from my tutor at university.

Quick Quiz:

Susan got the job on the strength of
  1. the improving economy
  2. increasing sales
  3. her previous achievements

Discuss: on the strength of

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