sinew (n.) Old form(s): sinewes
mainstay, support, main strength
H5 I.ii.224[King Henry to all] by God's help / And yours, the noble sinews of our power
MM III.i.223[disguised Duke to Isabella, of Mariana's brother] she lost ... with him the portion and sinew of her fortune
TN II.v.75[Fabian to Sir Toby] patience, or we break the sinews of our plot
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