on one's mettle
phrasal aroused to do one's best

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • on one's mettle — idi on one s mettle, ready to do one s best …   From formal English to slang

  • on one's mettle — phrasal also upon one s mettle : in a state of being challenged or aroused to make one s best efforts the family business failed and put him on his mettle as a writer Van Wyck Brooks putting both major parties on their mettle John Lodge …   Useful english dictionary

  • be on one's mettle — ► be on one s mettle be ready to show one s ability or courage. Main Entry: ↑mettle …   English terms dictionary

  • be on one's mettle — be ready or forced to do one s best. → mettle …   English new terms dictionary

  • be on one's mettle — be ready or forced to prove one s ability to cope well with a demanding situation …   Useful english dictionary

  • upon one's mettle — phrasal see on one s mettle …   Useful english dictionary

  • mettle — ► NOUN ▪ spirit and resilience in the face of difficulty. ● be on one s mettle Cf. ↑be on one s mettle ORIGIN variant spelling of METAL(Cf. ↑metal) …   English terms dictionary

  • mettle — [met′ l] n. [var. of METAL, used fig.] quality of character or temperament; esp., high quality of character; spirit; courage; ardor on one s mettle roused or prepared to do one s best …   English World dictionary

  • mettle — n. 1) to prove, show one s mettle 2) to put smb. on one s mettle * * * [metl] show one smettle to prove to put smb. on one s mettle mezzanine n (AE) [ first rows of a balcony in a theater ] in the mettle …   Combinatory dictionary

  • mettle — met·tle (mĕt’l) n. ▸ The ability to meet a challenge or persevere under demanding circumstances; determination or resolve: »a race that tested the best runners mettle. Idiom: ● on (one s) mettle ▸ Prepared to accept a challenge and do one s best …   Word Histories

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