steel (someone or oneself) for (something)

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steel (someone or oneself) for (something)

To cause someone or oneself to be mentally and emotionally prepared for and hardened against some difficult or unpleasant task, situation, outcome, etc. As horrible as the prospect may be, we all must steel ourselves for war. I know I'm tough on you, but I'm trying to steel you for the challenges you'll face later in life.
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steel oneself for someone or something

to prepare oneself for someone or something difficult or unpleasant; to get ready to face someone or something. Aunt Helen is coming for a visit. We should steel ourselves for her. I think something is going wrong. We had better steel ourselves for a shock.
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DUNDEE boss Neil McCann insists Hearts are a different beast under Craig Levein - and has warned his players to steel themselves for tomorrow's clash.
The Seagulls must steel themselves for another tough game away to league leaders Blyth Spartans on Saturday, but then have a run of games against fellow bottom-eight sides which will decide whether they climb clear of the relegation places or not.
Despite the Springboks' increased running raids however, Kiss has still warned Ireland to steel themselves for a brutal battle up front.
Newcastle must steel themselves for a fight to keep Cabaye, 27, who has three years left on his contract.
THE heartbreaking way in which they lost last season's Champions League final has helped Bayern Munich steel themselves for this campaign, according to manager Jupp Heynckes.
He was a terrible role model but we loved him for it, although our teachers - who'd steel themselves for the inevitable torrent of mischief that would pour through those school gates the next morning - would have no doubt disagreed.
The Welsh girls now have to steel themselves for another 72 holes starting tomorrow, when those prized tour cards will be up for grabs.
WITH the credit crunch seemingly forgotten, as the high street stores steel themselves for yet another bumper rush of Christmas shoppers wanting goodies to place under the tree, can we all take a moment here to remember what has happened?
REAL MADRID'S players will be brimming with confidence after Wednesday's 7-1 demolition of Sporting Gijon at the Bernabeu but they need to steel themselves for a tougher encounter when they take on Real Betis at the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera Stadium.
IN the golden age of steam New Street Station was probably a much more romantic venue than the place it is today, where grim-faced commuters steel themselves for another humdrum day in the rat race.
Asking the jurors to steel themselves for the unpleasant details, Mr Lockhart told them: "The reason the defendant pleaded not guilty is that it will be asserted not that he didn't do the acts that we say he did, but that at the time he did them he was insane in law.
STEVE McCLAREN will put his faith in the "passion and attitude" of Jamie Carragher as England steel themselves for a hostile reception against Croatia this evening.
However, supervisors must carefully separate these instances; if not, employees will accept future praise with caution as they steel themselves for the anticipated criticism to follow.
Now Americans must steel themselves for administering the violence necessary to disarm or defeat Iraq's urban militias, which replicate the problem of modern terrorism--violence that has slipped the leash of states."
Coalition forces should steel themselves for a decade-long stay in Iraq if they want to succeed in pacifying the country, former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown suggested yesterday.