grit (one's) teeth

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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.
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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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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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However, one thing that does make me grit my teeth is the trend amongst today's waiters and waitresses to refer to their clientele as 'you guys.' The term apparently is gender free, although in my youth the American usage 'doll' applied to a young lady, male being the 'guy!' I wonder if future productions of the famous musical will be renamed 'Guys and Guys?' Robert Betteridge by email
I was trying to keep the points short but in the fifth I had to grit my teeth, fight hard and I managed to get the win.
I'll grit my teeth and get on the Witch Way bus to the city.
She said: "It has been hard work but that's what is going to make me grit my teeth and keep going when my arms burn.
I really had to grit my teeth and be like, 'I am Hermione, this is Harry - stop thinking that it's Emma kissing Dan.
But when I was reading through the pages and saw the headline "Inmates Demanding Sex Visits In Prison" (May 20), I couldn't help but grit my teeth with complete anger.
"But this latest injury has only made me grit my teeth and try to succeed on the sidelines and I aim to be calling the shots this weekend against West End."
I just had to grit my teeth and take a deep breath.
I had a tendon problem but I tried to grit my teeth because I wanted to play."
"When I paddle, I grit my teeth like a dog when he growls."
"I'll grit my teeth and get on with it because the gaffer is great with us and it's only fair we all do what we can to try and turn things round."
I have to grit my teeth when I hear young people using the word "like" over and over again.
I can either grit my teeth and pay the fine for a crime I did not commit or I can take this case to court where legal fees are to be taken and it's my word against what they claim to be a reliable piece of technology that apparently caught me running a red light.
I know I'm being paranoid and don't want him to think I'm jealous so I grin and grit my teeth. Am I being unreasonable?
was I disappointed not to start I the game, but I know I there is a lot of I competition, so I've got to I grit my teeth and take I the chance when it comes.