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grit

Bravery or moxie. You've got a lot of grit—I would never be able to skydive with my fear of heights!

grit (one's) teeth

To become resolved to do something (which can be accompanied by the literal grinding of one's teeth). If you hate this class so much, you better to grit your teeth and get a passing grade so that you don’t have to take it again next year.
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grit one's teeth

Fig. to grind or clench one's teeth together in anger or determination. I was so mad, all I could do was stand there and grit my teeth. All through the race, Sally was gritting her teeth. She was really determined.
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grit one's teeth

Summon up one's strength to face unpleasantness or overcome a difficulty. For example, Gritting his teeth, he dove into the icy water. This expression uses grit in the sense of both clamping one's teeth together and grinding them with effort. [Late 1700s]
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grit your teeth

COMMON If you grit your teeth, you continue to do something or accept a situation even if it is difficult or unpleasant. There is going to be hardship, but we have to grit our teeth and get on with it. There were five games in nine days, but the players gritted their teeth and kept going.
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grit your teeth

make a great effort to keep your resolve when faced with an unpleasant or painful duty.
2001 Flower and Garden Magazine Mini rose canes should also be pruned to half their length. This can be traumatic for the rosarian, especially if your plant is already in bloom or has lots of buds. But just grit your teeth and do it—your plant will be healthier and happier, and it will produce lots more flowers than it would without this initial pruning.
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true grit

strength of character; stamina. informal
Grit in this colloquial sense originated in early 19th-century US English.
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grit your ˈteeth

be determined to continue to do something in a difficult or an unpleasant situation: When I was a boy, I was forced to have a cold shower every morning. I hated it but I just had to grit my teeth and do it.She shouted at me but I just gritted my teeth and said nothing.The basic meaning of grit your teeth is to bite your teeth tightly together.
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grit

n. courage; nerve. It takes a lot of grit to do something like that.
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A council spokesman said: "We are reviewing carefully the numbers and location of grit bins, to ensure they are located where there is a justifiable need for them.
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Surely this grit could be "reclaimed" by being sweptup and reused in forthcoming years.
At the request of the government we are reducing the amount we grit and we have not taken on any more contracts since this request was made.
Bosacker, you do not get grits ff you so instruct the waitress.
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Standard accessories include a 180 grit CBN wheel, a 220 grit diamond wheel, a 180 grit hone brush, and a 115V vacuum.
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Best results are achieved when the wood filler is applied after normal sanding with 180 or 220 grit, and then lightly re-sanded with 220 grit after the filler dries.
Valencia, Pennsylvania, that giants KBC the exclusive right to market and sell Pulva Sizer grit grinding systems used for recausticizing applications.
To serve: Serve steak with vegetables and grit fries.