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backbone

noun

  • metaphor: having a "backbone" endows one with courage, will.
    Why do you let your manager take advantage of you? Grow a backbone.
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    Last edited on Jun 17 2010. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Jun 17 2010.

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balls of steel

noun - plural

  • metaphorical testicles that people with courage or gall have.
    You must have balls of steel showing your face in here.
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    Last edited on Feb 28 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Feb 28 2011.

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balls out

adjective

adverb

  • with reckless abandon and extreme courage; "head-long"; "with a head full of steam"; "giving it one's all".
    Those motorcyclists took that steep hill balls out!
    You just have to go balls out to win this game.

    Last edited on Jun 04 2013. Submitted by Jon L. from Naples, FL, USA on May 22 1999.

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  • See also balls to the wall.

    Last edited on Oct 14 2018. Submitted by Alan H. from New York, NY, USA on Jul 31 1998.

  • Possible etymology: The original phrase is actually hinted to in the expression "with a full head of steam". In the earliest days of steam engines, Watt style engines and their successors used a centrifugal governor to control speed. The faster the engine was to run the higher the weighted balls on the governor would rise until at full speed they were at their highest and farthest reach from the center: high or full speed was known as running "balls out".

    Last edited on Feb 29 2008. Submitted by tg from Georgia, USA on Feb 29 2008.

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cowboy up

verb

  • to face a daunting task, as a brave cowboy would.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

    Citation from "Charged", Reaper (TV, 2007), Season 1 Episode 2 censored in hope of resolving Google's penalty against this site.
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    Last edited on Apr 29 2011. Submitted by Mary K. from Lockport, IL, USA on Feb 25 2003.

  • "own up to it". Also see "mount up", "saddle up".

    Last edited on Apr 09 2018. Submitted by Anonymous on Apr 09 2018.

  • "to ride (or, to "eat out") one's partner" - extreme sexual connotation - as in "the task set before you", generally referring to a female. Similar to "cowgirl up", having the roles reversed.

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    Last edited on Apr 09 2018. Submitted by Anonymous on Apr 09 2018.

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edgy

adjective

  • socially dangerous or daring; intellectually provocative; tending to induce unease or stress in viewers. Especially used to describe artistic and intellectual work.
    "Alamo Bay" was an edgy movie on immigration.
                                                                                                         

                                                                                    

    Citation from "Doubt", Wilfred (US TV), Season 1 Episode 11 (2011) censored in hope of resolving Google's penalty against this site.
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    Last edited on Apr 21 2013. Submitted by J.S. G. from Houston, TX, USA on Jan 12 2003.

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grit

adjective

  • unattractive (describing a person); "nasty"; "gross".
    He is so grit!

    Last edited on Oct 02 2012. Submitted by Devon J. from Minneapolis, MN, USA on Dec 15 1999.

  • a guy who wears a mullet.
    That dude with a mullet wearing white high top Reebok pumps and a jean jacket with a Metallica patch and skull ear rings is an old school grit from way back.
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    Last edited on Feb 20 2018. Submitted by Anonymous on Oct 18 2016.

noun

noun - uncountable

  • spirit, courage.
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    Last edited on Jul 26 2010. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Sep 09 2009.

  • a personality trait showing perseverance; able to maintain determination and motivation.
    I can ask John to help me with this problem; that man has grit.

    Last edited on Feb 20 2018. Submitted by Anonymous on Jan 08 2018.

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