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grit

Bravery or moxie. You've got a lot of grit—I would never be able to skydive with my fear of heights!

grit (one's) teeth

To become resolved to do something (which can be accompanied by the literal grinding of one's teeth). If you hate this class so much, you better grit your teeth and get a passing grade so that you don’t have to take it again next year.
See also: grit, teeth

true grit

True resolve, determination, or strength of character. The film focuses on the true grit of a band of women who defied social norms in the late 1950s to become prominent figures in politics.
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grit one's teeth

Fig. to grind or clench one's teeth together in anger or determination. I was so mad, all I could do was stand there and grit my teeth. All through the race, Sally was gritting her teeth. She was really determined.
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grit one's teeth

Summon up one's strength to face unpleasantness or overcome a difficulty. For example, Gritting his teeth, he dove into the icy water. This expression uses grit in the sense of both clamping one's teeth together and grinding them with effort. [Late 1700s]
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grit your teeth

COMMON If you grit your teeth, you continue to do something or accept a situation even if it is difficult or unpleasant. There is going to be hardship, but we have to grit our teeth and get on with it. There were five games in nine days, but the players gritted their teeth and kept going.
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grit your teeth

make a great effort to keep your resolve when faced with an unpleasant or painful duty.
2001 Flower and Garden Magazine Mini rose canes should also be pruned to half their length. This can be traumatic for the rosarian, especially if your plant is already in bloom or has lots of buds. But just grit your teeth and do it—your plant will be healthier and happier, and it will produce lots more flowers than it would without this initial pruning.
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true grit

strength of character; stamina. informal
Grit in this colloquial sense originated in early 19th-century US English.
See also: grit, true

grit your ˈteeth

be determined to continue to do something in a difficult or an unpleasant situation: When I was a boy, I was forced to have a cold shower every morning. I hated it but I just had to grit my teeth and do it.She shouted at me but I just gritted my teeth and said nothing.The basic meaning of grit your teeth is to bite your teeth tightly together.
See also: grit, teeth

grit

n. courage; nerve. It takes a lot of grit to do something like that.
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Grit is focused on the long term--remaining committed as well as pushing past challenges.
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The cost of a grit bin is a few pounds over their 25-year life, and yet the consequences of not having them are enormous," he said.
In its press releases the council has taken care not to raise expectations: "Roads around the city centre are running pretty well and staff are doing what they can to clear and grit footpaths in the city centre in an effort to maintain as close to business as usual for one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
In recent weeks, in preparation for the cold weather, the council has been buying in grit and said it is confident it has enough.
Secondly, he complains about the grit on his shoes dirtying his carpets.
A council spokesman said: "We do have a number of contractual agreements which we must legally fulfil to grit a number of premises.
I know there's a crumbling economy and a war in Afghanistan, but isn't there a few quid left in this bankrupt country to offer us discounted snow tyres and a proper stockpile of grit and salt?
We have enough grit to get through the weekend and the beginning of the coming week.
As a Southerner, I'm tired of people making or giving grits a bad name [Post Scripts, July/August 2008], and if that wasn't enough, this guy Gerald Bosacker also insulted waitresses all over the South.
Grit is steeped in a 126-year-old tradition that places it in a unique position to serve the nearly 30 million households in the broader demographic.
Standard accessories include a 180 grit CBN wheel, a 220 grit diamond wheel, a 180 grit hone brush, and a 115V vacuum.
That means any grit or sand on the rods will scrape or cut seals when the rod is extended or retracted.
Minnesota Grit is the remarkable true story of Northfield, Minnesota, and how its ordinary citizens mobilized to break a notorious gang of robbers.
But Requa's is only one type of architecture and only one example of grit.