mettle mettle  /ˈmɛ təl/


  • (n) the courage to carry on



  1. To Lord Lloyd's Cairo tea party there came an old and broken statesman who knew the British Baron's mettle.
  2. Now that he holds a great executive office, he is showing his mettle in government while losing none of his ability to be a pleasing newsmaker.
  3. Answered critics and proved his mettle.


  1. Pandora Radio: 2013 Is Your Make Or Break Year

    The Internet radio company’s official numbers aren’t showing it just yet--but new competition from Apple and rising tensions over royalty costs will test its mettle (and its business model). For Pandora, the competitive terrain has never looked rougher. In the last month, the company was joined by two gigantic, notoriously disruptive competitors: Google and Apple. As part of its All Access music ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Fast Company Magazine

  2. Purdue's firefighting robot showcases its mettle in blaze

    Purdue's firefighting robot proves its mettle in Hoopeston, Ill., warehouse fire
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Journal & Courier

  3. Photos: Aurora BayCare High Cliff Triathlon

    Athletes test their mettle during the Aurora BayCare High Cliff Triathlon at High Cliff State Park in Sherwood on Saturday.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Appleton Post-Crescent


  1. "Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. . . . I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate. And he's gonna need help," Biden said, though he added that...
    on Oct 21, 2008 By: Joe Biden Source: Boston Globe (registration)

  2. "We know Mahalla is suffering and you have passed through many crises," Nazif told them. "But it is through crises that men prove their mettle."
    on Apr 8, 2008 By: Ahmed Nazif Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "It's no secret that the road ahead, particularly 2009, is going to test our mettle," US LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens said.
    on Nov 19, 2008 By: Carolyn Bivens Source: USA Today

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