show (one's) mettle

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show (one's) mettle

To show that one has endurance and strength of character, or the necessary skills, abilities, or traits to succeed in something. You may be the youngest lawyer in the firm, but you certainly showed your mettle in that high-profile murder case. The new CEO showed her mettle when she completely restructured the dying mobile phone division into the powerhouse it is today.
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We're gutted, absolutely devastated, but that's when you have to show mettle and steel and bounce back.
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This is a challenge for Welsh players and regional coaches alike; a time when everyone must dig deep to show mettle and fighting spirit, qualities the new Welsh coach will demand in abundance.
At one point Pool were leading 10-2 before it was Riga's turn to show mettle as young John Gilling and Richard Meade helped haul the score back to a more respectable 15-9.
We'll have to show mettle, but if we play to our full potential we can get the result we need.