gird one's loins

gird (up) (one's) loins

To prepare oneself to face or contend with something. You better gird your loins in preparation for another holiday with my dysfunctional family!
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gird one's loins

Also, gird up one's loins. Prepare oneself for action, as in I'm girding up my loins for that crucial interview. This expression comes from the Bible (Proverbs 31:17) and originally alluded to tucking up the traditional long robe into a girdle (that is, a belt) so it will not hamper physical activity. [c. 1600]
See also: gird, loin

gird (up) (one's) loins

To summon up one's inner resources in preparation for action.
See also: gird, loin
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After the turkey, turkey sandwiches and turkey curry, the yearly pilgrimage to Black Forest gateau and, keeping a Germanic theme, the joy of Golden Oktober, it will be time to gird one's loins for 2010 (unless one is in the Scottish Isles where first footing takes the amber haze into January).