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be made of sterner stuff

To be very strong, determined, or of uncompromising character, especially in comparison to others. Having to take care of both of us growing up, my brother George was made of sterner stuff as a kid than anyone else I knew. I can't believe you let us down at the last minute. I thought you were made of sterner stuff than that!
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However,Halifax proved they were made of sterner stuff and took the game to the home side from the start.
But Adam was not letting his disappointment flow onto the pitch and vowed to show the critics that Hearts were made of sterner stuff.
But injury-hit St Mary's were made of sterner stuff, and winger Lyons went over for the winning try which sub FitzPatrick converted.