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Re: Weekly Vocab #2.1.16 (repost #1)

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Sunday, April 15, 2007, 16:20
Charlie/Ray Brown wrote:
> >>caeruleancentaur wrote: > > >>flex, v. exhibit the strength of; "The victorious army flexes > >>its invincibility" > >> Neither the AHD nor Wiktionary give this as a definition > >>of "flex." > > >R A Brown <ray@...> wrote: > > >Neither does Chamber's English Dictionary nor AFAIK does the Oxford > >English Dictionary. > > >I would, without the gloss above, understand to mean that the > >victorious army "bent its invincibility'. i.e. was flexible and > >showed magnanimity and tolerance, although it was invincible. > > "To flex a muscle" brings to my mind a picture of a man (or a woman) > displaying his biceps. The connotation would be that of showing off > or displaying rather than bending. > > Perhaps that is the connotation intended in the above example. >
That was my opinion too. Certainly not common/correct usage. Somehow with the sense "display"-- perhaps "flaunt" would have been a better choice.