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English definition of “to be reckoned with”

to be reckoned with

Someone or something to be reckoned with is difficult to deal with because that person or thing is strong or powerful: Since the government limited their powers, the unions are no longer a force to be reckoned with (= they are no longer very strong).
(Definition of to be reckoned with from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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