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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?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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6 Move to a cooler part of the grill and allow the loin to rest for about 5-10 minutes.
Five model sausage treatments were prepared with control, 1A, 2A, 3A, and 8A lamb loins, respectively (550 g/treatment/batch), and the sausage manufacture for both two batches was performed in the same day.
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The range consists of Mexican (Tuna or Sirloin Beef) - Acapulcan spiced steaks with chilli beans, richly coated in black olive tapenade and pasatta sauce, served with a bed of wild rice, finished with a natural yoghurt cooler; Jamaican (chicken or pork loins) - Fruity Caribbean style chicken, marinated with Jamaican spices, served on a bed of sweet potato mash with Caribbean roasted vegetables; French (lamb or pork fillets) - Seasoned French style tender roast lamb fillet encrusted in an apricot preserve and breadcrumbs, served with Pommes Annas, roasted vegetables and a rich red wine juice.
HealthyBake Unbreaded Portion Controlled Loins from FPI are low in fat and high on flavor.
The leading seafood company and principal frozen food manufacturer in South Africa, Irvin & Johnson Limited (fax: 021-21-7258), made a strategic change of direction from supplying traditional commodity products (sea-frozen skin-on and skinless hake fillets and blast-frozen headed and gutted hake) to producing high-value items such as hake loins, reformed loins, center cuts, tail pieces and skinless, boneless fillets.
"The man in the loin cloth, it seems, has thought a good deal about loins,' said one observer.