grit (one's) teeth

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grit (one's) teeth

1. To clench one's teeth, as from anger, pain, or displeasure. The doctor didn't have any anesthetic, so all I could do was grit my teeth while he stitched the wound in my leg. He narrowed his eyes and gritted his teeth after overhearing the insults from the man behind him.
2. To become resolved to do or accept something particularly difficult or unpleasant. 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. The senators put aside their differences, gritted their teeth, and worked together to solve the crisis.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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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.
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grit one's teeth, to

To summon up strength to bear pain, misfortune, or some other unpleasant matter, or determination for a difficult task. The idea of setting one’s teeth goes back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Menander wrote, “Set your teeth and endure” (The Girl from Samos, ca. 300 b.c.). “Gritting the teeth” describes both setting or clamping them together and grinding them with the effort. In 1797 Thomas Jefferson described his colleague, “Mr. Adams . . . gritting his teeth, said . . .”
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Her voice died away in sadness, and in the silence she could hear Billy grit his teeth.
Martin did not laugh; nor did he grit his teeth in anger.
Then he strikes a most noble attitude, with one leg shoved forwards, and his arms stretched away up, and his head tilted back, looking up at the sky; and then he begins to rip and rave and grit his teeth; and after that, all through his speech, he howled, and spread around, and swelled up his chest, and just knocked the spots out of any acting ever I see before.
Messua said nothing, but it was at her wounds that Mowgli looked, and they heard him grit his teeth when he saw the blood.
LEON CLOWES has vowed to grit his teeth and ignore a hernia complaint in order to help solve an injury crisis at Wrexham.
But after losing his job, his dream home and the lifestyle he'd spent years building for his family, Barry Harrison couldn't grit his teeth any longer.
The tall rider is renowned for his laid-back style and needed to grit his teeth pretty fiercely when his mount was trapped behind horses as he was being primed for his final effort.
The tall rider is renowned for his laidback style and needed to grit his teeth pretty fiercely when his mount was trapped behind horses as he was being primed for his final effort.
Keith will need to grit his teeth if he and his leader are to avoid a drilling in May's poll.
If his boss wants Tess for the team and the cover makes them husband and wife, he'll grit his teeth and act the part.
The injury meant Philippoussis had to grit his teeth in pain before beating French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero to clinch the Davis Cup for his country.
Hughes did not train yesterday but has assured McMenemy he will grit his teeth and play.
Hubby Guy Ritchie, 37, had to grit his teeth to face the missus...
Former England defender Des Walker will grit his teeth to play with the aid of a pain killing injection after having a toenail removed.