If you're hale, you’re strong and in good health. Think "hale and hearty," the well-known phrase to describe someone who can lift a piano or work ten hours in a field without blinking an eye.
Don't confuse hale with hail. Hale, again, is healthy. Hail is for hailing a cab, or hailing to Caesar, and it also means a kind of precipitation where frozen ice balls pour down from the sky. Hale is a word that conjures up country folk, farming stock, people who swear that they haven’t had to go to a doctor in ten years because they sleep with the windows open 365 days a year.
Primary Meanings of hale
exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
v to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
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turn up the heat, turn up the pressure
apply great or increased pressure
to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly
overcome or coerce as if by using a heavy club
bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure
squeeze someone for money, information, etc.
dragoon, railroad, sandbag
compel by coercion, threats, or crude means
coerce by violence or with threats
cause to undertake a certain action, usually used in the negative