[+body] muscle m
Exercise will tone up your stomach muscles. Faites de l'exercice pour tonifier vos abdominaux.
→ There are three types of muscle in the body.
he didn't move a muscle (fig)
(=remained motionless) il est resté immobile
→ He stood without moving a muscle, unable to believe what he saw.
to flex one's muscles
(=demonstrate one's power) faire étalage de sa force → The Fair Trade Commission has of late been flexing its muscles, cracking down on cases of corruption.
vi s'imposer, s'immiscer
→ They are hoping to tie up the deal before their rivals muscle in
muscle in on
to muscle in on sth
(=attempt to benefit from) essayer de détourner qch à ses propres fins
→ Cohen complained that Kravis was muscling in on his deal.
→ Blair was accused of muscling in on the lying in state of the Queen Mother
n tissu m musculaire