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muscle in

Meaning: to use your power or influence to force your way into a situation even if you're not wanted

Synonym: intrude

For example:

  • muscle in As soon as oil was discovered in the country, the big oil companies muscled in and soon had most of the exploration rights.

  • muscle in on sth When the major airlines saw how well the new route was doing, they muscled in on it and got a piece of the action.

Quick Quiz:

If you want to muscle in on something, you'd better have
  1. a lot of power
  2. a lot of big muscles
  3. a lot of exercise

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