be made of sterner/tougher stuff


: to be an emotionally and morally strong person with more determination than other people
Another woman would have broken down, but she is made of sterner stuff.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But a team that had been on the outside looking in last Selection Sunday proved this season to be made of sterner stuff. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 7 June 2022

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“Be made of sterner/tougher stuff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

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