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"Goumin, a pet-services portal, says China has 73.5m cat- or dog-owners, a group approaching the size of the 90m-strong Communist Party." What does "90m-strong" mean here? Thanks.

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10 feet long = ten feet in length

10 feet high = ten feet in height

10 feet wide = ten feet in width

10 feet deep = ten feet in depth

10 inches thick = 10 inches in thickness

a million strong = a million in strength

And the "strength" of a group is normally expressed in how many individuals it contains.

An army 10,000 strong marched on the city.

90m is an abbreviation for 90 million.

So "the 90m-strong Communist Party" means "the Communist Party, which has 90 million members". Note that the hyphen is unusual; normally one would just write "90m strong".

  • I suggest you address the "90m" part of the question as well. – Old Pro Feb 11 at 22:28
  • @Old Pro: You should feel free to do that yourself if you think the other answers haven't addressed it to your satisfaction. – TRomano Feb 12 at 12:38
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Strength here implies size, as it does for the thickness of wooden boards, where the strength is significantly depending on size. Some words for crowds, and people, like e.g. German deutsch, are supposed to be from a root meaning strength. Also compare string (for the audible similarity) vs band and bond, for example. Also compare mighty.

And 90 m means ninety million.

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