grit one's teeth

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grit one's teeth (third-person singular simple present grits one's teeth, present participle gritting one's teeth, simple past and past participle gritted one's teeth or (nonstandard) grit one's teeth)

  1. To clench one's teeth together tightly because of pain, anger, or frustration.
    • 2019 December 10, Yacht Club Games, "Story" (Shield Knight), in Shovel Knight Showdown (version 4.1), Nintendo Switch, scene: ending:
      [Shield Knight] LOOKED WITH DREAD THROUGH THE EYES OF THE ENCHANTRESS. SHE WAS TRAPPED AGAIN! SHIELD KNIGHT GRIT HER TEETH. SHOVEL KNIGHT WOULDN'T GIVE UP, AND NEITHER WOULD SHE.
  2. (idiomatic) To face up to a difficult or disagreeable situation and deal with it.
    There's a storm coming, so I grit my teeth and start rowing with all my might.
    Synonyms: face up to, bite the bullet, grin and bear it, suck it up

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