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moxie

[mok-see]
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noun Slang.
  1. vigor; verve; pep.
  2. courage and aggressiveness; nerve.
  3. skill; know-how.
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Origin of moxie

1925–30, Americanism; after Moxie, a trademark (name of a soft drink)
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British Dictionary definitions for moxie

moxie

noun
  1. US and Canadian slang courage, nerve, or vigour
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Word Origin

from the trademark Moxie, a soft drink
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Word Origin and History for moxie

n.

"courage," 1930, from Moxie, brand name of a bitter, non-alcoholic drink, 1885, perhaps as far back as 1876 as the name of a patent medicine advertised to "build up your nerve;" despite legendary origin stories put out by the company that made it, it is perhaps ultimately from a New England Indian word (it figures in river and lake names in Maine, where it is apparently from Abenaki and means "dark water"). Much-imitated in its day; in 1917 the Moxie Company won an infringement suit against a competitor's beverage marketed as "Proxie."

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