steel (someone or oneself) against (someone or something)

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steel (someone or oneself) against (someone or something)

To cause someone or oneself to be mentally and emotionally prepared, obdurate, and unyielding in the face of some difficult or unpleasant person, task, situation, outcome, etc. The future may look grim, but we must steel ourselves against the challenges ahead. Our people have long been steeled against would be tyrants like you! I know I'm tough on you, but I'm trying to steel you against life's many difficulties and disappointments.
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steel someone against someone or something

to fortify someone against someone or something; to prepare someone to endure someone or something. I tried to steel Liz against Carl, who was bringing her some very bad news. We steeled her against the bad news.
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You steel yourself against it, toughen up and tell the world it doesn't bother you but there are some which hit too close to home and can turn a bad day into a brutal one.
In a strip subtitled "Who Monitors the Monitors?" (an apt reference to the graffitied dictum in Watchmen [1986-87], Alan Moore's commentary on contemporary anxieties), the proprietor of a comics and internet shop advises an exasperated patron, "You must steel yourself against the internet," moments before that patron is literally overcome by the black cloud, becoming patient zero in an internet-zombie army.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING: Unbeatable views, but steel yourself against the three hours of queuing likely before your reach the top.
Steel yourself against the criticism that may come your way from family, friends and colleagues.
* "The bakery serves best near the front of the store, so the enticing aroma hits you as you walk in, before you've had a chance to steel yourself against the fresh French bread."