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You need strong nerves to take on this formidable task. The Sun (2016)To write a world history is a formidable task. The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century (1994)England were a formidable force during this period. Times, Sunday Times (2011)His party is putting its formidable machine to work. Times, Sunday Times (2009)There he gained a formidable reputation as a tenacious worker on conservation and countryside issues. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He carries with him a formidable array of weaponry. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It was his misfortune to face such a formidable opponent. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Best days might be behind him but he is still a formidable attacking force. The Sun (2010)Couple that with his astonishing powers of concentration and you have a formidable opponent. Times, Sunday Times (2010)But it may well make the winner a more formidable opponent in the election itself. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Nowhere is this task more formidable than in the case of consumer packaged goods. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The Canadian heavy metal fan has a formidable reputation. The Sun (2012)She was formidable, a force to be reckoned with. The Sun (2012)Despite this formidable reputation, it has lurked largely in the shadows in this country. Times, Sunday Times (2007)A formidable array of investors and established tech giants is piling into the nascent online education sector. Times, Sunday Times (2014)I reckon he was able to weather the storm thanks to the unwavering support of his formidable mother. The Sun (2011)The banks remain formidable money-making machines. Times, Sunday Times (2006)She now represents a highly mobile and formidable potential strike force, one of the most flexible fighting ships in the world. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The bride's formidable mother felt they had abandoned the wedding feast too early and summoned the newlyweds to return to the room. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Something awesome, they thought, and formidable. Christianity Today (2000)The Wales summit recognised that Nato was being outgunned by a formidable military machine. Times, Sunday Times (2015)He went on to build a formidable reputation before coming to Britain in the early 1980s to further his career. Times, Sunday Times (2011)
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British English: formidable ADJECTIVE
Something or someone that is formidable makes you feel slightly frightened.
We have a formidable task ahead of us.
Definition of formidable from the Collins English Dictionary
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