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feeling (one's) moxie
Full of a feeling of energy, bravery, determination, or resolve. "Moxie" comes from the name of a soft drink that was popular in the US in the early 20th century and was thought to energize those who drank it. Look at the way John's strutting down the street—you can tell he's feeling his moxie again. I just haven't been feeling my moxie since the divorce. A: "OK, schedule Tuesday's meeting, get John on the phone, and then come in my office so we can all discuss that big project." B: "Wow, you're really feeling your moxie today, aren't you?"
Bravery, determination, energy, or resolve. You've got a lot of moxie—I would never be able to skydive with my fear of heights! You need a spokesperson with a lot of moxie if you want your product to make a splash on the market.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
n. energy; spunk; spirit. Now here’s a gal with real moxie.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
feeling one's Moxie
Boundlessly energetic. Moxie was a carbonated soft drink that began life at the end of the 19th century as a medicinal tonic (its inventor named it after a friend who supposedly discovered its key but unspecified ingredient). Thanks to an aggressive advertising campaign and key endorsements, Moxie became a nationwide success until World War II. It's now popular primarily in the New England area and Pennsylvania. Gentian root gave Moxie its distinctive sharp flavor, which led to claims that it had energizing qualities. Hence the notion that someone who was feeling full of life was “feeling his Moxie.” Another peppy phrase comes from a breakfast cereal: “feeling your Wheaties.”
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price