After my crying spell stopped, I gritted my teeth, tucked my crutch under my right arm, and turned to my husband.
"He wouldn't talk ransom to you--he's going to talk something else entirely," Costigan gritted; then his voice changed suddenly.
Staggering from the shock of the horrible self-revelation, he gritted his teeth.
Aldous gritted his teeth and stared up and down the black trail.
Every time a wheel struck a stone Miss Kitty gritted her teeth.
Ramon gritted his teeth, as he stole like a shadow down the dry river-bed.
Wally gritted disgustedly, glancing over his shoulder at them.
Old Hector gritted his teeth and waged his head sorrowfully.
He gritted his teeth against the sharp, red knives of agony.
He gritted his teeth and aimed as the door of the anti-grav opened.
Old English greot "sand, dust, earth, gravel," from Proto-Germanic *greutan "tiny particles of crushed rock" (cf. Old Saxon griot, Old Frisian gret, Old Norse grjot "rock, stone," German Grieß "grit, sand"), from PIE *ghreu- "rub, grind" (cf. Lithuanian grudas "corn, kernel," Old Church Slavonic gruda "clod"). Sense of "pluck, spirit" first recorded American English, 1808.
"make a grating sound," 1762, probably from grit (n.). Related: Gritted; gritting.
To eat (1930s+ Black)
[food senses at least partially fr hominy grits, although grit was British military slang for ''food'' in the 1930s; Southern dialect sense probably ironically fr Civil War use of the expression true Yankee grit by Northern soldiers and writers]