moxie

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From the name of an American patent medicine first manufactured about 1885.

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moxie (uncountable)

  1. backbone, determination and fortitude
  2. initiative or skill
    • 1971, John Updike, Rabbit Redux, page 401:
      As a girl she had speed and a knock-kneed moxie at athletics, and might have done more with it if she hadn't harvested all the glory already.
    • 2011 January 29, Dan Povenmire as Building Engineer, “Rollercoaster: The Musical!”, Phineas and Ferb season 2 episode 38, “Aren't You a Little Young?” (song):
      Yes it's true! / That you seem a little young to do the things that you do, / even with all that moxie you've got.

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