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洪荒之力 (hónghuāngzhīlì) literally means “prehistoric powers”, powers great enough to destroy the world. It entered popular usage thanks to an interview with Chinese Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui.
After the women’s backstroke semi-final at the Rio Olympics, when a journalist asked her what she thought about her scores, she appeared astounded to learn that she had achieved her personal best performance. She said, “我已经用了洪荒之力啦。Wǒ yǐjīng yòngle hónghuāngzhīlì la.”（I’ve used up prehistorical powers.）
Since then, people have used the phrase to say they’ve tried their best:
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