(Of a demanding situation) test someone’s ability to face difficulties: there were regular public meetings where local MPs were put on their mettle and remorselessly pilloried
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- 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.
Definition of put someone on their mettle in:
- The US English dictionary