A person’s ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way: the team showed their true mettle in the second half
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- Although Kelly presents herself as uncomplicated and cheerful, every so often the public glimpse her true mettle.
- It will take sterner tests before we see the true mettle of these Mayo players.
- It is the closest that the PGA Tour has come to links conditions, the ultimate test of a golfer's mettle and patience.
spirit, fortitude, strength of character, moral fiber, steel, determination, resolve, resolution, backbone, grit, true grit, courage, courageousness, bravery, valor, fearlessness, daring
mid 16th century: specialized spelling (used for figurative senses) of metal.
be on one's mettle
- Be ready or forced to prove one’s ability to cope well with a demanding situation.More example sentences
- York were on their mettle from the off and led 22-13 at the five ends stage with two rinks winning and two rinks drawing.
- As someone who has hitherto needed to reject one thing before moving on to another, Juliet is on her mettle, and she knows it.
- After the first-half performance it is not a bad point because no matter who you are playing against you have got to be on your mettle for 90 minutes.
put someone on their mettle
- (Of a demanding situation) test someone’s ability to face difficulties.More example sentences
- This way of thinking was made explicit only when critics such as Vincenzo Borghini were put on their mettle to defend the Baptistery's antiquity.
- Coventry's opening was brisk and sufficiently to the point to put Tottenham on their mettle.