force of nature (plural forces of nature)

  1. A mighty natural force which is beyond human control, notably if potentially catastrophic, such as the elements (e.g. storms and extreme temperatures) or geological (e.g. seismic and volcanic) activity
    Myths and religions often ascribe natural forces to supernatural beings, as acts of (a) god(s) or hero(es) shaking the earth, raising a storm or flood etc.
  2. (figuratively) A thing or person that exhibits qualities which appear to be beyond outside control.
  3. (particle physics) A fundamental force