grit one's teeth

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of grit one's teeth

1 : to press or rub the teeth together
  • He gritted his teeth in anger/pain.
2 : to show courage and determination when dealing with problems or challenges
  • Starting your own business can be very tough, but you just have to grit your teeth and keep working at it.

Word by Word Definitions

grit play
  1. : sand, gravel

  2. : a hard sharp granule (as of sand)

  3. : any of several sandstones

  1. : to give forth a grating sound

  2. : to cause (one's teeth) to grind or grate

  3. : to cover or spread with grit

teeth
  1. : plural of tooth


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