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spunk

1. Energetic, enthusiastic resolve or courage; spirit; moxie. I like your spunk, kid. You've got yourself a job! You've gotta have spunk to get ahead in this industry.
2. vulgar slang Semen.

get enough spunk up (to do something)

To muster or draw upon one's courage or resolve to do something. I wanted to ask Mary Sue to the prom, but I couldn't get enough spunk up. I hope Jonathan finally gets enough spunk up to ask his boss for a raise.
See also: enough, get, spunk, up

get the spunk up (to do something)

To muster or draw upon one's courage or resolve to do something. I wanted to ask Mary Sue to the prom, but I couldn't get the spunk up. I hope Jonathan finally gets the spunk up to ask his boss for a raise.
See also: get, spunk, up

get enough nerve up (to do something)

 and get enough courage up (to do something); get enough guts up (to do something); get enough pluck up (to do something); get enough spunk up (to do something); get the nerve up (to do something); get the courage up (to do something); get the guts up (to do something); get the pluck up (to do something); get the spunk up (to do something)
Fig. to work up enough courage to do something. I hope I can get enough nerve up to ask her for her autograph. I wanted to do it, but I couldn't get up enough nerve. I thought he would never get up the courage to ask me for a date.
See also: enough, get, nerve, up

get the spunk up

(to do something) Go to get enough nerve up (to do something).
See also: get, spunk, up

spunk

(spəŋk)
n. courage. Show some spunk. Get in there and stand up for your rights.
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