They warn authorities to gird themselves for the possibility that many more men could surface.
As we gird our national loins for the mid-term elections in November, here is a brisk primer on the movement.
He made a sign with his hand that Selim should take the imperial diadem and gird on the imperial sword.
When you are dead and gone, let him gird himself for a long pilgrimage.
Come with me into the big world of the past—read, study, think, and gird yourself with power!
Does it become you, sir, do you think, to gird at one who is your prisoner?
Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones; strip ye and make ye bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins.
gird on, as gift from the gods, this sword that is immortal.
A man who cannot gird himself into harness will take no weight along these highways.
We do not loathe a masterpiece although we gird against its blemishes.
Old English gyrdan "put a belt or girdle around; encircle, surround; invest with attributes," from Proto-Germanic *gurthjanan (cf. Old Norse gyrða, Old Saxon gurdian, Old Frisian gerda, Dutch gorden, Old High German gurtan, German gürten). Related to Old English geard "hedge, enclosure" (see yard (n.1)). Related: Girded; girding.
Throughout its whole history the English word is chiefly employed in rhetorical language, in many instances with more or less direct allusion to biblical passages. [OED]