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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 to 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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