But down below, millions of Londoners from the queen on down are gritting their teeth and plugging their ears.
Normally in Hollywood, you'd think 'Oh, these people are being nice to each other publicly and they're gritting their teeth.'
But her husband, who could tell she was gritting her teeth just to get through the encounter, bailed out.
When Mrs. Tregennis looked up she saw that his fingers were tightly clenched and that he was gritting his teeth.
"The feeling is coming back, my boy," said the Phoenix, gritting its beak.
And then, with a gritting oath: "Oh, damn this cursed chilling!"
Colon turned on the prisoner with a black face, and gritting teeth.
gritting his teeth, he yanked hard on the line, then summoned his strength to hang on.
gritting his teeth on the bit of his pipe, Russ cursed soundlessly.
Nackerson was gritting his teeth and summoning all his grit to the fore, in order to keep his lower limbs moving.
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]