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fruit of (one's) loins

One's child or children; one's immediate or future descendant(s). As the baby-boomer generation ages, many are increasingly relying on the fruit of their loins for financial and medical support. Little could she know that, nearly two centuries later, the fruit of her loins would be in nearly every continent on the planet.
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gird (up) (one's) loins

To prepare oneself to face or contend with something. You better gird your loins in preparation for another holiday with my dysfunctional family! They better gird up their loins—the weather up there is no joke.
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gird up one's loins

Fig. to get ready, especially for hard work; to prepare oneself (for something). Well, I guess I had better gird up my loins and go to work. Somebody has to do something about the problem. Why don't you gird up your loins and do something?
See also: gird, loin, up

gird one's loins

Also, gird up one's loins. Prepare oneself for action, as in I'm girding up my loins for that crucial interview. This expression comes from the Bible (Proverbs 31:17) and originally alluded to tucking up the traditional long robe into a girdle (that is, a belt) so it will not hamper physical activity. [c. 1600]
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gird your loins


gird up your loins

If someone girds their loins or girds up their loins, they prepare themselves mentally to deal with a difficult situation. He is girding his loins to demand financial compensation. I am girding up my loins for another round of high-level meetings. Note: This expression is used several times in the Bible. The Hebrews wore long loose robes which they tied up with a girdle or belt when they were working or travelling.
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gird (up) your loins

prepare and strengthen yourself for what is to come.
This expression is of biblical origin, the idea being that the long, loose garments worn in the ancient Orient had to be hitched up to avoid impeding a person's movement. In 1 Kings 18:45–6, we find: ‘And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. And…Elijah…girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel’. The phrase was also used metaphorically in the New Testament: ‘Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you…’ (1 Peter 1:13).
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gird (up) your ˈloins

(literary or humorous) prepare yourself for action, hard work, etc: There’s a lot of hard work to be done before the weekend, so let’s gird up our loins and start.In the Bible, to gird your loins meant to pick up your robe and tie it about your waist so that you could run or move much more quickly.
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gird (up) (one's) loins

To summon up one's inner resources in preparation for action.
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gird (up) one's loins, to

To prepare for action (hard work, a journey, warfare). The term comes from the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, and uses gird in the sense of “encircle with a belt or band.” The ancient Jews wore loose clothing and put on a girdle, or belt, only when they went to work or set out to travel. Thus, “He girded up his loins, and ran” appears in I Kings (18:76), and “Gird up now thy loins like a man” in Job (in several passages). It had already become figurative in the New Testament, where 1 Peter has it, “Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober” (1:13).
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The aim of this work was to carry out a reliable identification of the volatile compounds composition in a traditional dry-cured loin made in Poland using solid phase microextraction (SPME) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
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The prices of pork loin, chicken and eggs were flat in the reporting week, the ministry said.
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We dispatched our very own gallant knight - dubbed Sir Loin of Beef - to the heart of the enemy camp to fight for the rights of British farmers.
WITH cold winter days in mind, chef Sean Owens suggests the following recipe for chestnut stuffed roast loin of Ulster pork with a mulled wine pan gravy.
Carving the roast is a cinch with these boneless cuts from the loin or tenderloin.
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Le ministre des Affaires etrangeres, Ramtane Lamamra, avait affirme, a ce propos, que l'Algerie s'associe [beaucoup moins que] pleinement [beaucoup plus grand que] aux efforts de l'Union africaine et de la communaute internationale visant a instaurer le dialogue et la reconciliation dans ce pays, loin de toute ingerence etrangere, soulignant qu'il est [beaucoup moins que] evident que toute solution durable a la crise ne peut etre que le fait des Libyens eux-memes, loin de toute ingerence ou interference etrangeres [beaucoup plus grand que].
Alors qu'Adeline Blondieau est bien decidee a poursuivre son ex Johnny Hallyday pour diffamation, celui-ci semble bien loin de se soucier de cette sombre histoire.