set (one's) teeth

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set (one's) teeth

To be or become resolute and determined (to do something). Despite his ankle sprain, the batter stepped up to plate, set his teeth, and knocked the ball out of the park. We just need to set our teeth and do what needs to be done.
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set your teeth

1 clench your teeth together. 2 become resolute.
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References in classic literature ?
All around it looked so cold and raw: the long willow-leaves were quite yellow, and the fog dripped from them like water; one leaf fell after the other: the sloes only stood full of fruit, which set one's teeth on edge.
The tone of the Assistant Commissioner's remarks had been sour enough to set one's teeth on edge.
To place the Bible in this less than illustrious line may set one's teeth on edge, yet the author is not a member of that tiresome group whose chief delight is to expose the evils of all things colonial and Western.
But after a while, the regimented way in which the cables were distributed became oppressive, and their fineness started to set one's teeth on edge, as if they were made from glinting piano wire.