more power to your elbow
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Possibly an elaboration of more power to you, with the speaker expressing the wish that the person addressed will have more strength to achieve their goal.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /mɔː ˈpaʊə tʊ jə ˈɛlbəʊ/
Audio (Berkshire) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /mɔɹ ˈpaʊɚ tʊ jə ˈɛlboʊ/
- Hyphenation: more pow‧er to your el‧bow
- (Britain) Used to express admiration of a person coupled with wishes for their continued success in an endeavour of their own choosing: all the best; good luck.
- 1959 May, G. F. Fiennes, reviewer, “New Reading on Railways: British Railways Today and Tomorrow. By G. Freeman Allen. Ian Allan. 25s.”, in Trains Illustrated, London: Ian Allan Publishing, ISSN 0141-9935, OCLC 35845948, page 271:
- Naturally the forms of traction occupy Mr. [Geoffrey] Freeman Allen much of his time and he sits on no fence here; he is an "electrifier", with good reasons advanced—more power to his elbow.
used to express admiration of a person coupled with wishes for their continued success in an endeavour of their own choosing