show (one's) mettle

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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.
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Blu Girls show mettle vs Peru in US meet !-- -- (The Philippine Star) - July 12, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines The Blu Girls finally got their act together and barged into the win column with a 2-1 victory over Peru, ending its lethargic but reassuring stint in the USA Softball International Cup at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus, Georgia, USA.
Afridi noted that the batting would have to show mettle in England during the biggest cricketing event as the sport has changed a lot in the modern day as opposed to what it used to be.
"We're gutted, absolutely devastated, but that's when you have to show mettle and steel and bounce back.
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This is a challenge for Welsh players and regional coaches alike; a time when everyone must dig deep to show mettle and fighting spirit, qualities the new Welsh coach will demand in abundance.
At one point Pool were leading 10-2 before it was Riga's turn to show mettle as young John Gilling and Richard Meade helped haul the score back to a more respectable 15-9.