hard, powerful, strong
taut, tense, tight
lean, ripped, toned
bulging, rippling

I walked up and down the aisle to stretch my cramped muscles.

pulled, strained, torn
aching, sore, stiff, tired
abdominal, arm, calf, facial, heart, thigh, etc.
clench, contract, flex, pump, squeeze, tense, tighten

He flexed his muscles, then set off to run.

loosen, relax

Learn how to relax tense muscles.

exercise, train, use, work
build, gain, strengthen, tone

diet supplements to build muscle


Lifting weights sculpts muscle.

damage, exhaust, fatigue, injure, overload, weaken
pull, strain, tear

I laughed so hard I almost pulled a muscle.

knead, massage
activate, stimulate
ache, burn, hurt
clench, contract, flex, stiffen, tense, tighten
go limp, loosen, relax, slacken
quiver, ripple, tremble, twitch

His muscles rippled beneath his T-shirt as he worked.

move, work
control sth

the muscles controlling speech production

protest, scream

Suddenly my sore muscles protested and I let out a groan.

cell, fibre/fiber, tissue
ache, cramp, damage, disease, fatigue, pain, paralysis, soreness, stiffness, strain, weakness
loss, wasting
contraction, relaxation, spasm, tension, twitch
definition, tone
endurance, strength
gain, growth
boy, man (usually muscleman), mary (BrE, informal)
shirt (AmE), tee (AmE), T-shirt
muscle in

The muscles in my face tensed.

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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