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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Emmerdale UTV, Mon-Fri Steel yourself for heartbreaking scenes, as new parents Chas and Paddy grieve the death of their newborn baby.
Emmerdale Steel yourself for heartbreaking scenes, as new parents Chas and Paddy grieve the death of their newborn baby.
Steel yourself for a week of almost unbearable cuteness - the search for Britain's best young singer is about to get under way.
Steel yourself for a week of cuteness - the best young singer under way.
Getting cash out with a card abroad can be costly IF you've not been on holiday for a year or two, steel yourself for a nasty surprise when you go to get your travel cash.
LONG LOST FAMILY ITV, 9pm NO matter how much you steel yourself for this missing relatives show, it's guaranteed to floor you every time.
At the Child and Adolescent Gender Center at UCSF Hospital, Louis learns children as young as three can show signs of rejecting the gender they were assigned at birth, leaving parents with a difficult dilemma - do they start transitioning a child who is still developing their own identity or do they wait and risk making the change once their body has gone LONG LOST FAMILY ITV, 9pm NO matter how much you steel yourself for this missing relatives show, it's guaranteed to floor you every time.
Marion Williams and James McDonnell, right, reunited with their son Simon, centre LONG LOST FAMILY ITV, 9pm NO matter how much you steel yourself for this missing relatives show, it's guaranteed to floor you every time.
Steel yourself for delayed flights, baggage problems, bad weather, and other adversities that could cost you days of hunting.
IF YOU missed A Mighty Heart on its cinema release, grab the tissues and steel yourself for a mighty film.
I'm afraid you must steel yourself for the fact that he is likely to feel hurt and resentful that you did not level with him earlier.
Steel yourself for another go-around with Troy, Gabriella et al.
If you stop covering those background briefings, steel yourself for reading stories you don't have--some of them quite worthwhile--in the competition.
He said: "You must steel yourself for being in the public gaze more than you have been in the past.
``You can prepare and steel yourself for birthdays and Christmas, but other things just creep up on you and take you by surprise.''