mettle

mettle
met|tle [ˈmetl] n [U]
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: metal]
1.) courage and determination to do something even when it is very difficult
test/show/prove your mettle
a crisis which will test the prime minister's mettle
2.) on your mettle
BrE if you are on your mettle, you are ready to try as hard as possible because your abilities are being tested
We'll have to be on our mettle from the start.
keep/put sb on their mettle
This was just his way of keeping me on my mettle.

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  • mettle — [met′ l] n. [var. of METAL, used fig.] quality of character or temperament; esp., high quality of character; spirit; courage; ardor on one s mettle roused or prepared to do one s best …   English World dictionary

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