Origin of mettle
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But will it keep women of talent and substance and mettle and ambition from gunning it forward?What Happens to Women When Female Leaders Like Jill Abramson Get Fired?|Keli Goff|May 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps unsurprisingly, his mettle in polar extremes far outstrips his writing ability.Polar Explorer vs. Reality TV Crew: Tim Jarvis in the Footsteps of Shackleton|Darrell Hartman|January 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If their corner does not have the lights to see what is in the offing, then the boxer has to have the mettle to say “enough.”Boxers, Be Brave and Quit Before Your Brain Turns to Mush|Gordon Marino|October 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The presidency subjects American incumbents to perennial gut checks, testing their mettle.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden may now have to prove their mettle as never before.
"I beg your pardon," Philip interposed stiffly, now put upon his mettle.The British Barbarians|Grant Allen
Thus put on his mettle, Halliwell again faced her, with the result that his question changed to “Where did you get those eyes?”The Little Minister|J. M. Barrie
I don't know at this moment where, but, being on my mettle, I am certain that I have seen finer.Happy-Thought Hall|F. C. Burnand
It is needless to say that witnessing the ordinary slow and costly procedure would put Edison on his mettle.Edison, His Life and Inventions|Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
Instead, there leaped into her eyes that light which Richard Travis had never seen before—the light of a Conway on mettle.The Bishop of Cottontown|John Trotwood Moore