powerhouse
noun Date: circa 1889 1. a. power plant 1 b. a source of influence or inspiration 2. one having great power <
an economic powerhouse
>
: as a. one having great drive, energy, or ability <
a powerhouse rock band
>
b. an athletic team characterized by strong aggressive play

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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