be made of sterner/tougher stuff

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

made play
  1. : fictitious, invented

  2. : artificially produced

  3. : put together of various ingredients

stern play sterner
  1. : having a definite hardness or severity of nature or manner : austere

  2. : expressive of severe displeasure : harsh

  3. : forbidding or gloomy in appearance

  1. : the rear end of a boat

  2. : a hinder or rear part : the last or latter part

tough play tougher
  1. : difficult to accomplish, resolve, endure, or deal with

  2. : capable of enduring strain, hardship, or severe labor

  3. : unruly, rowdyish

  1. : in a tough manner (see 1tough)

  1. : a tough and violent person : rowdy

  1. : to bear unflinchingly : endure

stuff play
  1. : materials, supplies, or equipment used in various activities: such as

  2. : military baggage

  3. : personal property

  1. : to fill by packing things in : cram

  2. : to fill to satiety : surfeit

  3. : to prepare (meat or vegetables) by filling or lining with a stuffing


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