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medal or metal or meddle or mettle

A person who proves his or her mettle displays courage or stamina. Theword “mettle” is seldom used outside of this expression, so peopleconstantly confuse it with other similar-sounding words.

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Definitions

  • n  an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event

  • n  any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.
  • n  a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten
  • v  cover with metal
  • a  containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal
    a metallic compound
    metallic luster
    the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades"- Ambrose Bierce

  • v  intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly
    Don't meddle in my affairs!

  • n  the courage to carry on
News & Articles



  • Iran’s Next Leader Advocates a Less Intrusive State
    Iran’s president-elect, Hassan Rowhani, said the government should not meddle in people’s lives, effectively rebuking President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the hard-liners who used to support him.
    July 3, 2013 - International Herald Tribune
  • Column: Let's get rid of the IRS
    Why would anyone give a federal agency caught in an outrageous abuse of its considerable power even more authority to meddle in the lives of Americans?
    June 9, 2013 - Detroit News

  • Purdue's firefighting robot showcases its mettle in blaze
    Purdue's firefighting robot proves its mettle in Hoopeston, Ill., warehouse fire
    June 20, 2013 - Journal & Courier
  • 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 ...
    June 20, 2013 - Fast Company Magazine
  • 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.
    June 18, 2013 - The Appleton Post-Crescent