grit (your) teeth


grit (your) teeth
grit (your) teeth 1. to decide to deal with an unpleasant or difficult situation.

You may as well grit your teeth and accept that air travel is going to get worse before it gets better.

2. to deal with something in a determined way.

When a test came along, I just gritted my teeth and studied harder because I knew I had to improve my grades.

Etymology: based on the literal meaning of grit your teeth (= to press your teeth tightly together)

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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