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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Make a coffee, say a prayer and bask in the rays of the morning sun while steeling yourself for the drive back to reality.
That means you barely have time to unclench before you're steeling yourself for a return to the daily grind.
Maybe your kids are returning to class, or maybe you're a teacher steeling yourself for another year of bright young minds who don't appreciate your lesson plan.
And, to top it all, the moment you spend all that time steeling yourself for always seems to zip by in a flash - almost as quickly as the turkey dinner with all the trimmings which gets ganneted down annually.
Not following bets, and just steeling yourself for the instant hit of a result, may (like garlic bread and cheesecake) be the future.
So the theory goes, the mental challenge of steeling yourself for the play-offs when you could have made it so much easier and been on the beach proves too much.