in force
phrasal 1. in great numbers <
picnickers were out in force
>
2. valid, operative <
the ban remains in force
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • In force — Force Force, n. [F. force, LL. forcia, fortia, fr. L. fortis strong. See {Fort}, n.] 1. Capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect; strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigor; might; often, an unusual degree of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • in force — {adj. phr.} 1. To be obeyed. * /New times for eating meals are now in force./ Syn.: IN EFFECT. 2. In a large group. * /People went to see the parade in force./ Syn.: EN MASSE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in force — {adj. phr.} 1. To be obeyed. * /New times for eating meals are now in force./ Syn.: IN EFFECT. 2. In a large group. * /People went to see the parade in force./ Syn.: EN MASSE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out in force — {adv. phr.} Present in very large numbers; en masse. * /On the Fourth of July the police cars are out in force in the Chicago area./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out in force — {adv. phr.} Present in very large numbers; en masse. * /On the Fourth of July the police cars are out in force in the Chicago area./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Value of In-Force — is a life insurance term for the present value of the profits that will emerge from a block of life insurance policies over time.The value of in force business is the present value of expected future earnings on in force business less the present …   Wikipedia

  • Is it in Force? — is the authoritative guide to the commencement of UK statutes from Halsbury s Statutes , published daily as an online service and annually as a paperback volume. It deals with every Public Act of Parliament, Measure of the Welsh Assembly, Act of… …   Wikipedia

  • Reconnoissance in force — Reconnaissance Re*con nais*sance, Reconnoissance Re*con nois*sance(r? k?n n?s s?ns), n. [F. See {Recognizance}.] The act of reconnoitering; preliminary examination or survey. Specifically: (a) (Geol.) An examination or survey of a region in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reconnaissance in force — An offensive operation designed to discover and/or test the enemy …   Military dictionary

  • Force Dynamics — is a semantic category that describes the way in which entities interact with reference to force. Force Dynamics gained a good deal of attention in cognitive linguistics due to its claims of psychological plausibility and the elegance with which… …   Wikipedia

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