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Use of a phrase

Posted by McKee on December 02, 2000

In a term paper I expressed Shakespeare overcame difficulties throughout his life through "might and main" ...located this phrase in the thesaurus under
talent/ability/effective,powerful force. The pen is mightier than the sword. Teacher felt that although each point tied into his accomplishing "through might and main" she didn't understand what that phrase meant.

Any help out there? She said because of that it deserves no better than a 78. Bummer.