put somebody on their mettle

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
See also:
Full browser ?