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a spent force

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisha spent forcea spent forceFAILif a political idea or organization is a spent force, it no longer has any power or influence 🔊 Socialism had become a spent political force. spent
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a spent forceBut after four consecutive General Election defeats, is Labour a spent force?Jesse Jackson, who ran for president in 1984 and 1988, is a spent force.On the other hand, it would be a mistake to conclude that the urban-rural shift is a spent force.They write off Ireland as a spent force, which in my experience is a foolish thing to do.
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