“The Muslim Brotherhood is steeling for a fight,” says Trager, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
I moved back to the city and my two on-again off-again guys, steeling myself for hopeless fix-ups, just in case love might strike.
Ever since Whitmore's death Collins had been steeling himself for precisely this situation.
The humor of it was steeling him against the canker of Joan's untimely disappearance.
If not – all the parties are steeling themselves for a second Kosovo war, much more inevitable than the first one.
But, steeling his heart, and uttering a short prayer, he leaped into the saddle.
Miss Sally sat stiffly in her chair, steeling herself to refuse the request to buy a copy of the book.
steeling himself, he replied, "Their terms are the freedom of the people."
She forgot that a few minutes before she had been steeling herself against him.
She had been steeling herself for days for the ordeal of this parting.
Old English style, from West Germanic adjective *stakhlijan "made of steel" (cf. Old Saxon stehli, Old Norse, Middle Low German stal, Danish staal, Swedish stål, Middle Dutch stael, Dutch staal, Old High German stahal, German Stahl), related to *stakhla "standing fast," from PIE *stek-lo-, from root *stak- "to stand, place, be firm" (see stay (n.1)). No corresponding word exists outside Germanic except those likely borrowed from Germanic languages. Steel wool is attested from 1896.
"make hard or strong like steel," 1580s, figurative, from steel (n.). Related: Steeled; steeling.