If you say that someone has muscle, you mean that they have power and influence, which enables them to do difficult things.
①Eisenhower used his muscle to persuade Congress to change the law.
②In one town, all the women were urged to remove their money from the banks on an allotted day, to demonstrate women's financial muscle.
这里补充一个短语“flexes its muscles”显示实力;小试身手【If a group, organization, or country flexes its muscles, it does something to impress or frighten people, in order to show them that it has power and is considering using it.】
The Fair Trade Commission has of late been flexing its muscles, cracking down on cases of corruption.
The spoils of something are things that people get as a result of winning a battle or of doing something successfully.
①True to military tradition, the victors are now treating themselves to the spoils of war.
②Competing warlords and foreign powers scrambled for political spoils.
除此之外，这里再讲一个与“spoil”相关的短语：too many cooks spoil the broth 人多添乱，人多反而碍事【said to mean that something may not be successful if too many people try to do it at the same time.】
There is an old adage that too many cooks spoil the broth.
Some people say period after stating a fact or opinion when they want to emphasize that they are definite about something and do not want to discuss it further.
I don't want to do it, period.
If something embraces a group of people, things, or ideas, it includes them in a larger group or category.
①This is a theory that would embrace the whole field of human endeavour.
②No single theory can embrace and explain every facet of human behavior.
③The cat family embraces lions and tigers.
A fertile mind or imagination is able to produce a lot of good, original ideas.
A chess player must have a fertile imagination and rich sense of fantasy.
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