mettle

[ met-l ]
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noun
  1. courage and fortitude: a man of mettle.

  2. disposition or temperament: a man of fine mettle.

Idioms about mettle

  1. on one's mettle, in the position of being incited to do one's best: The loss of the first round put him on his mettle to win the match.

Origin of mettle

1
1575–85; spelling variant of metal, in metaphoric usages

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British Dictionary definitions for mettle

mettle

/ (ˈmɛtəl) /


noun
  1. courage; spirit

  2. inherent character

  1. on one's mettle roused to putting forth one's best efforts

Origin of mettle

1
C16: originally variant spelling of metal

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