be made of sterner stuff

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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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Joan may be made of sterner stuff than later generations but the service she led this morning was anything but stern and austere.
A few months ago we would have dropped points against Hemel, but we seem to be made of sterner stuff now.
Doherty may be made of sterner stuff and he showed that mettle again when,after trailing 10-2 at the mid session interval,he managed to win three of the remaining four frames.
Doherty may be made of sterner stuff but Williams is unlikely to lose his nerve and composure in the same way as Hunter.
Exeter had one of the worst away records in Division Three last term, but the Grecians showed they could be made of sterner stuff this time, and defended long and hard after Steve Swales had levelled for Town with a deflected shot on 22 minutes.
But both Lenihan and coach Warren Gatland are confident that the XV who face the world champions including British Lions hooker Keith Wood for the first time will be made of sterner stuff.
The people of the Glens indeed must be made of sterner stuff.