heart of oak


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heart of oak

A trait said to belong to a very emotionally and/or mentally strong person. I don't know how a soldier does it—they must have a heart of oak. My brother has a heart of oak and has remained totally calm while coping with his wife's sudden illness.
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heart of oak

a courageous nature.
Literally, the heart is the solid central part of the oak tree traditionally used for timber for ships. The phrase was popularized by the words of an 18th-century song: ‘Heart of oak are our ships, Heart of oak are our men’.
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Give it a name, heart of oak, and we'd get it for you, if it was wine from a bishop's cellar, or melted gold from King George's mint.
and scrambling up on his two wooden legs to salute, hat in hand, ship-shape, with the gallantry of a man-of-warsman and a heart of oak.
The band not only entertained fans with a rollicking rendition of the classic Hockey Night in Canada theme, but also marked each goal with a select anthem: Heart of Oak for Navy goals, The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) for Commandos scores.
One who might be is Heart Of Oak, whose trainer sent out a similar type to win on their handicap debut recently.
A drinker at the Heart of Oak pub nearby said: "We're all trying to work out how it could have happened.
Dic Bach laboured in the mines, "only seeing the sun on Sundays", but at night would relax in Pontrhydyfen's various watering-holes like the Bird In Hand, Miners' Arms, Heart of Oak, or the Boar's Head, telling tales like the time he was beaten up by "an enemy" after a pit accident when his arms were bandaged.
They will perform a new play, Heart of Oak, written by the group's founder Djenane Watkins, at Richmond one-act play festival, in the Georgian theatre in February.
Stephen Morgan, owner of Heart of Oak Tree Care in Leamington, said: "It is shocking to think that someone would do this.
HEIRLOOM: Admiral Lord Collingwood, picture from Collingwood Northumberland's Heart of Oak book, by Max Adams.
The Battle of Trafalgar Proms includes music by Elgar, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Henry Wood as well as maritime anthems like Heart of Oak and A Life on the Ocean Wave.
The choir's talented soloists included Norman Mellor in a rousing Heart Of Oak and Raymond Steel in a sturdy The Old Brigade.
HMS Brunswick, with 81 men of the 29th on board, was played into battle with the tune Heart of Oak which was later adopted as one of the regimental marches.
Deep in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon are 18 classic rustic cabins, some with kitchens.
Right in the heart of Oak Brook, this former Chicago Bridge and Iron building is conveniently located between Chicago's two largest airports, and is less than five minutes from Oak Brook Shopping Center, Butler national and park district golf courses, and a variety of hotels and restaurants.
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