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be on (one's) mettle

To be determined to succeed and thus prove one's worth, often in a difficult or unpleasant situation. I know my employees think I'm too young to be their supervisor, so I have to be on my mettle every day at the office.
See also: mettle, on

prove (one's) mettle

To prove that one has endurance and strength of character, or the necessary skills, abilities, or traits to succeed in something. You may be the youngest lawyer in the firm, but you certainly proved your mettle in that high-profile murder case. The new CEO proved her mettle by completely restructuring the dying mobile phone division into the powerhouse it is today.
See also: mettle, prove

show (one's) mettle

To show that one has endurance and strength of character, or the necessary skills, abilities, or traits to succeed in something. You may be the youngest lawyer in the firm, but you certainly showed your mettle in that high-profile murder case. The new CEO showed her mettle when she completely restructured the dying mobile phone division into the powerhouse it is today.
See also: mettle, show

put (one) on (one's) mettle

To put one in a situation in which they must prove their worth, skill, or ability. Being promoted to general manager at such a young age is certainly going to put her on her mettle. Our goal is to put each of these athletes on their mettle to see who earns the spot on the team.
See also: mettle, on, put

on (one's) mettle

Determined to succeed and thus prove one's worth, often in a difficult or unpleasant situation. I know my employees think I'm too young to be their supervisor, so I have to be on my mettle every day at the office.
See also: mettle, on

be on your mettle

be ready or forced to prove your ability to cope well with a demanding situation.
See also: mettle, on

put someone on their mettle

(of a demanding situation) test someone's ability to face difficulties in a spirited and resilient way.
Originally the same word as metal , mettle was no more than a variant spelling that gradually became particularly associated with figurative uses of the word, meaning ‘quality of temperament’, and from that ‘natural spirit’ or ‘courage’. These senses eventually developed so far from the literal senses that it was no longer apparent that they were originally the same word. The distinctive spellings metal and mettle to distinguish the two were in use by the early 18th century, though not necessarily universally applied until the following century.
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be on, show, prove, etc. your ˈmettle

be prepared to do the best work you can or perform as well as you can in a particular situation: When the boss comes round, I want you all to show your mettle.He’ll have to be on his mettle if he wants to win the next race.
Mettle is the ability and determination to do something successfully in spite of difficult conditions.
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put somebody on their ˈmettle

make somebody do the best work they can, or perform as well as they can: The school inspection is going to put the teachers on their mettle.
See also: mettle, on, put, somebody

on (one's) mettle

Prepared to accept a challenge and do one's best.
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It was a risk worth taking as Empire East was able to pull off such a proposition during those hard times, while allowing it to establish a credible name for itself: a developer whose grit and mettle was rightfully tested during one of the worst times in the Philippine economy.
on a at some The first half was where Newcastle showed their mettle as they cruised to a doubledigit advantage early
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New Delhi [India], Dec 11 ( ANI ): Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday expressed happiness on elevation of Rahul Gandhi as party president and said the latter has shown a lot of mettle over a period of time and will be able to execute his responsibility well
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The Prime Minister said: "These are the big challenges of our age, some of the biggest our nation has ever faced and this year is a test of our mettle - whether we put up with poverty or put an end to it; ignore the glass ceiling or smash it; abandon the tenant or help make them a homeowner; appease the extremist or take apart their ideology piece by piece.
BAGHDAD / NINA/ Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi said on Saturday that Iraq faces a dangerous and fierce enemy and the fighters must derive from loyalty to the homeland the determination to fight terrorism with high accuracy and mettle.
Our fight was forged by a free brown woman's brunt, her design for all our fates entwined like fingers laced in prayer for victory, then mercy, then dug into the Earth to resurrect our embattled lives lived just as her own: pounded into memory with mettle on stone.
WASHINGTON (CyHAN)- Arctic sea ice has been been the last frontier of the North for thousands of years, turning back seafarers, testing the mettle of explorers, and providing a way of life for people circling the top of the world.
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