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[ grit ]
/ grɪt /
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noun
verb (used with object), grit·ted, grit·ting.
to cause to grind or grate together.
verb (used without object), grit·ted, grit·ting.
to make a scratchy or slightly grating sound, as of sand being walked on; grate.
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Idioms about grit

    grit one's teeth, to show tenseness, anger, or determination by or as if by clamping or grinding the teeth together.

Origin of grit

before 1000; Middle English gret, griet, grit,Old English grēot; cognate with German Griess,Old Norse grjōt pebble, boulder; see grits

OTHER WORDS FROM grit

gritless, adjectivegritter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for grit (1 of 2)

grit
/ (ɡrɪt) /

noun
verb grits, gritting or gritted
to clench or grind together (two objects, esp the teeth)
to cover (a surface, such as icy roads) with grit

Derived forms of grit

gritless, adjective

Word Origin for grit

Old English grēot; related to Old Norse grjōt pebble, Old High German grioz; see great, groats, gruel

British Dictionary definitions for grit (2 of 2)

Grit
/ (ɡrɪt) /

noun, adjective Canadian
an informal word for Liberal
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