With might and main
Might Might, n. [AS. meaht, miht, from the root of magan to be able, E. may; akin to D. magt, OS. maht, G. macht, Icel. m[=a]ttr, Goth. mahts. [root]103. See {May}, v.] Force or power of any kind, whether of body or mind; energy or intensity of purpose, feeling, or action; means or resources to effect an object; strength; force; power; ability; capacity. [1913 Webster]

What so strong, But wanting rest, will also want of might? --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. --Deut. vi. 5. [1913 Webster]

{With might and main}. See under 2d {Main}. [1913 Webster]


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