Be ready or forced to do one’s best in a demanding situation: Saturday’s game will be a tricky one and we’ll have to be on our mettle from the start
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.
Definition of be on one's mettle in:
- The US English dictionary