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With or having a fierce intensity in one's expression. The teacher fixed a steely-eyed gaze upon me when I started joking around during class. I could feel my ex-girlfriend staring at me, steely-eyed, from across the bar.


Calm and unflappable under pressure. I asked my brother to come to court with me because he is always steely-nerved in stressful situations. Gina needs to be steely-nerved to deal with all that rejection that comes with being an actress.

steely gaze

Cliché an intense, staring gaze. The principal turned a steely gaze toward the frightened student and suddenly smiled.
See also: gaze, steely
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This is harsh for a bright, ambitious young professional who has developed an extensive contacts book and a steelier side since being plunged into running a Premier League football club in his early thirties.
Mel needs to hit the ground running but he seems a good fit, having already brought a steelier shape to the midfield while the goals of Saido Berahino are key.
A better balanced team should help Atletico exhibit a steelier edge to their away performances and make them more likely to avoid inconsistency against the league's lesser lights.
Tossing off a few brisk, sharply chiseled reels before settling into an increasingly bleak cycle of poverty and misfortune, tiffs well-acted item essentially boils down to a Euro-Canadian "Pursuit of Happyness" with a steelier, less sentimental edge.
com) and Felipe Massa, Blue Square's 5/1 shot, are his nearest challengers, but having adapted a steelier attitude of late, the McLaren man will take plenty of beating.
WILLING TO MEET A CHALLENGE HEAD-ON: Boro boss Gareth Southgate, left, has shown a steelier side in his dealings with George Boateng, right, even though the pair were pals in playing days, above
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But this Henman has a steelier edge and nerve and battled his way through that final tie-break, the eventual triumph coming with the bravest of second serves which Philippoussis could only push wide.
Without Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud in the starting line-up, this Arsenal team looked stronger, steelier.
However, he is adamant that there is a steelier side to his nature.
He also explores the steelier, stubborn side of the apparently mild-mannered rocker.
He is one of those characters the more criticism he gets, the steelier he gets, the more determined he gets.
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Wade beat the Aussie in last month's International Masters, has beaten him on three of their last four starts and is far steelier than he was when they met in Week Three, a match Whitlock won 8-5.