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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 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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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.
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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

n. courage; nerve. It takes a lot of grit to do something like that.
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This means roads that used to be gritted may not be being gritted currently and grit bins will not be filled.
The bin workers have to try to work in the bad weather all the year round but when it snows the collectors struggle to work safely because the footpaths have not been gritted.
Others say we haven't gritted their road, but we discover it's not on the priority network.
My street was gritted twice on the day after the snowfall, and it was still treacherous 24 hours later.
So there you go, Sefton council must have gritted the roads, mustn''t they?
The majority of the inner city was not gritted properly.
The authority warned further bad weather spells could see the borough's gritted network coverage reduced to A and B roads onlyd.
Warwickshire County Council hit back at claims that roads hadn't been gritted, claiming the county's entire primary road network had been treated.
The Halewood area represents 20% of the gritted total network and during the last three weeks I can confirm that we have gritted a total of 22 times.
PARAMEDICS have apologised after they said main roads had not been gritted during the snowfalls.
DRIVERS have been warned that the only roads in Cardiff being gritted are major routes because of a shortage of road salt.
About two inches of snow brought traffic to a standstill and motorists complained that roads in Walsall had not been gritted.
At one meeting in Batley someone told us we'd not gritted, but the gritter had been out just before the meeting.
He added: "Wolverhampton was moving, the roads had been gritted but of course it may have taken a bit longer to get into work as people took extra care in the conditions.