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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 grit your teeth and get a passing grade so that you don’t have to take it again next year.
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true grit

True resolve, determination, or strength of character. The film focuses on the true grit of a band of women who defied social norms in the late 1950s to become prominent figures in politics.
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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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We gritted the main arterial and bus routes to help keep the city's traffic moving.
5am starts mean the network |can be gritted before the roads get busy; 6pm grits are timed as rush hour traffic will be clear, but there remains enough cars to run in the grit.
In Coventry, 240 miles of roads are gritted, including main roads, bus routes and areas around shopping centres.
One of them said only half of Ainley Top was gritted - the 'Calderdale half' - while the 'Kirklees half' was 4ft deep in snow.
He added: "I have had people telling me they were driving into Nuneaton on roads beautifully gritted by the county council and when they hit the centre of town, it turned to ice.
I am disgusted the roads and pavements have not been gritted.
Last winter people were promised one route to every hamlet and village would be gritted when ice was forecast - but only A and B roads or busy roads with steep hills are being gritted.
However it's not all losses, Kirklees is introducing a night shift to cover between 10pm and 7am, when key roads particularly on high ground will be gritted.
Needless to say the salt alone area got slippier whereas I could walk with ease on the gritted area.
One key factor is the introduction of a night shift to cover between 10pm and 7am, when key roads, particularly on high ground, will be gritted.
The way the roads are gritted in the UK has not changed much in the last 20 years.
So you get some roads, which are important, being gritted first, while others, which may be more isolated and higher up or at the bottom of quieter valley, being left till later regardless of the fact that it might be these roads that freeze over first.
STEVEB A similar study was in fact carried out in Nottingham by a member of the NHS and as a result Council policy has now been changed to ensure that pavements are adequately gritted when such events are forecast.
Of course the 'council spokesman' claims that the roads had been gritted, so there the explanation must be that they are misinformed or the roads were not gritted properly.
Kirklees now has 25,000 tonnes of grit/salt in stock and 60% of the network is regularly gritted so that public transport, food and fuel deliveries and emergency services can move around during the bad weather.