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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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be made of sterner stuff

(of a person) have a stronger character and be more able to overcome problems than others.
This expression comes from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: ‘When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept; Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man’.
1998 Spectator Unlike the Americans, who are inclined to pull all their personnel out of a country at the first hint of trouble, the British foreign service is made of sterner stuff.
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be made of sterner ˈstuff

(of a person) have a stronger character and be more able to deal with difficulties and problems than other people: Did she cry? I thought she was made of sterner stuff.
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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.