(with the) in the fictional universe of the Star Wars franchise: a mystical universal energy field which certain individuals, such as the Jedi, can harness to gain special powers or abilities
Also in extended use, and in allusions to dialogue from the Star Wars films, esp. may the Force be with you (used to wish someone good luck, courage, etc.).
I know, Luke. I feel The Force also.
Star Wars (film script: rough draft) 14
When I’m wearing my Star Wars T-shirt, every few blocks I am greeted with ‘May the force be with you’ from total strangers.
Films in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Oct. 63/2
1977 N.Y. Times Magazine 20 Nov. 124/4
The psychobabblers not only outnumber the rest of us, but…they have The Force on their side.
Ted (low, breathy) Use the Force, Bill. I’m Darth Ted.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (film script) 51
‘The Force is strong in this one,’ Pat said.
Man & Boy (2000) i. 12
Qui-Gon The Force is unusually strong with him, that much is clear. Who was his father?
Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace 59
2006 N.Y. Magazine 21 Aug. 78/1
Many of the people we count as friends are away for weekends, or weeks at a time, leading to a sudden slip-off of phone calls and e-mails that produces the existential question: Do I exist when the bulk of my friends are absent? It’s like a dip in the Force.
2017 SFX (#281) Jan. 48/2
An all-new team of Rebel heroes—characters who, crucially, don’t have lightsabers and the Force to fall back on.
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