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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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While gritting of non-trunk roads is not a WAG responsibility, we have capacity to help local authorities.
Councils across the country have already abandoned the gritting of "secondary" roads - which include some A and many B roads - to focus their remaining supplies on the busiest routes.
There was criticism of Kirklees Council's gritting operations last winter - 1,100km of road, 60% of the network - is classed as a priority route for gritting.
St Helens said it was now gritting roads as much as three times a night in a bid to keep the roads clear.
Information beamed from above the clouds to a control centre will mean traffic officials will have precise details of where gritting lorries are at any time.
Paul Mitchinson, the council's highway services manager, said: "In previous years, most of the budget has been spent on gritting main roads throughout the town, including bus routes, but we have also spent a small amount on gritting some footpaths.
Our contractors vehicles tend only to be used for gritting, so we take a pragmatic approach and if they expect to go back out on a grit run they will retain their load.
He said: "I am calling on parish councils to take up the gritting gauntlet.
Come on Northumberland County Council highways department, get your act together, especially as during the past few weeks of icy conditions there had been no sight of gritting wagons on many of our roads.
If the weather is severe, it also hampers our gritting operations and how effective gritting is.
The decision means gritting secondary roads, mostly in suburban areas, have been taken off the rota with immediate effect.
We decided that previous gritting operations would be sufficient.
Ice was evident in many places, despite Kirklees gritters taking to the streets at 5am for a round of priority gritting and following it up throughout the day.
A MIDLAND gritting team stretched has been praised for its efforts to keep roads clear.
REGARDING Tomo's letter (ECHO January 8) about the winter gritting service in the Halewood Area.