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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We can grit our teeth and think of spring and summer, the best seasons of the year Dreams of them; keep them in your mind, until that warmer weather is finally here If you were a frog, a mouse or a hedgehog, you could just hibernate If only we could do that, then winter would not be so bad, in fact it could be great Imagine curling up in bed all day and just watching the TV the rest of the time is for sleep Only time to get up would be to eat, and then put the dishes in the sink, they can keep A.
We know what to expect and have to gear ourselves appropriately, grit our teeth and put in a good performance.
It just so happens that other people do have to put up with certain times who have parking restrictions and other who don't and we have just got to grit our teeth and accept it.
Let us grit our teeth and heroically resolve to keep on keeping on.
We've had to grit our teeth and salute Tony Martin plenty of times down the years but if his horse Salute Him wins on Saturday we'll just be gritting our teeth," said David Williams from the magic sign.
It's not the best pitch in football at Biddulph and I reckon we will need to dig in and grit our teeth to churn out a result.
However much it pains us, we've got to grit our teeth, doff our hats and salute Value Scope as a tipping phenomenon," said Williams.