an industrial-strength substance is very strong - often used humorously
They served us industrial-strength coffee.

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  • industrial-strength — UK US /ɪnˈdʌstriəlˌstreŋθ/ adjective ► an industrial strength product is much stronger or more powerful than a similar product normally available to consumers: »industrial strength cleaners …   Financial and business terms

  • industrial-strength — [in dus′trē əlstreŋkth′] adj. made or designed to be strong enough for industrial use: often used facetiously [industrial strength coffee] …   English World dictionary

  • industrial-strength — adjective extremely strong or concentrated or durable industrial strength detergent weapons grade salsa • Syn: ↑weapons grade • Similar to: ↑strong * * * adj often humorous : stronger, more powerful, or more …   Useful english dictionary

  • industrial strength — 1. adjective a) Made for use by businesses, as opposed to at home, and therefore typically larger, stronger and less attractive in appearance. The office was now large enough to need an industrial strength vacuum cleaner. b) Unusually large or… …   Wiktionary

  • industrial-strength — /ɪnˈdʌstriəl strɛŋθ/ (say in dustreeuhl strength) adjective 1. (of domestic cleaners, machinery, etc.) made to industrial requirements for strength and durability. 2. Colloquial (humorous) of an extremely durable or intense nature: industrial… …   Australian English dictionary

  • industrial-strength — adjective Date: 1976 1. suitable for industrial use 2. marked by more than usual power, durability, or intensity < industrial strength boots > < an industrial strength voice > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • industrial-strength — /in dus tree euhl strengkth , strength , strenth /, adj. unusually strong, potent, or the like: heavy duty: an industrial strength soap. * * * …   Universalium

  • industrial-strength — in dustrial ,strength adjective 1. ) industrial strength substances or chemicals are strong enough to use in industry 2. ) very strong …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • industrial-strength — indus′trial strength′ [[t]ɪnˈdʌs tri əlˈstrɛŋkθ, ˈstrɛŋθ, ˈstrɛnθ[/t]] adj. cvb unusually strong or effective; able to withstand great strain or use: industrial strength soap[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • industrial strength —    This is a humorous way of referring to something which is very strong, powerful or concentrated.     I ve got an industrial strength headache this morning! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions