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be made of sterner stuff

To be very strong, determined, or of uncompromising character, especially in comparison to others. Having to take care of both of us growing up, my brother George was made of sterner stuff as a kid than anyone else I knew. I can't believe you let us down at the last minute. I thought you were made of sterner stuff than that!
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made of sterner stuff

Very strong, determined, or of uncompromising character, especially in comparison to others. Having to take care of both of us growing up, my brother George was made of sterner stuff as a kid than anyone else I knew. I can't believe you let us down at the last minute. I thought you were made of sterner stuff than that!
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be made of sterner stuff

(of a person) have a stronger character and be more able to overcome problems than others.
This expression comes from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: ‘When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept; Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man’.
1998 Spectator Unlike the Americans, who are inclined to pull all their personnel out of a country at the first hint of trouble, the British foreign service is made of sterner stuff.
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be made of sterner ˈstuff

(of a person) have a stronger character and be more able to deal with difficulties and problems than other people: Did she cry? I thought she was made of sterner stuff.
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Technology is what keeps us competitive," Sterner said.
Born in Germany, Sterner spent most of his life in Africa and studied at a hotel school in Hanover, Germany.
Founder and former president and CEO of Sterner Insurance Alan F Sterner will assume the role of senior vice president at Univest Insurance as he will lead the Lehigh Valley and Berks County operations.
Sterner, a 6-foot, 209-pound left-handed pitcher, said the Reds had been in contact with him over the last few months.
Sterner said : 'It's going to go hand-in-hand with a lot of things I've done throughout my career, not only as a lineman restoring electricity, but for the union advocating for safety issues for workers'.
Sterner shows us how to master our life energy so we no longer have to live as "victims of our own unfocused and constantly changing efforts, desires, and directions.
The only way to root it out and prevent other people from behaving in the same way is to take sterner action, in the form of disciplinary action and I think an investigation should be conducted.
We look at other states for ideas, and we steal from them, and they steal from us," Sterner said.
Now a sterner challenge awaits him, and every Blue should wish him well.
Ensuring that the authorities cooperate to protect vulnerable people is the least we can expect, but changing the mindset of the thugs who commit this abuse is a much sterner challenge.
She's clearly made of sterner stuff than we realised.
At half the size and weight of traditional string splitters, the nine-grain Micro String Splitter is Sterner Duttera Archery Products' newest string splitter for 2009.
Second seed Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, faced a sterner test from Samantha Stosur, but she eventually ran out a 6-3 6-7 (4/7) 6-1 winner.
Let's hope the next captain of England - Kevin Pietersen - is is made of sterner stuff and doesn't feel the need to invoke the help of his mum and dad when the Australians start their sledging antics.
The Proteas are expected to provide a much sterner examination for England than previous opponents New Zealand, who succumbed 2-0 earlier in the year.