intestinal fortitude


Definition of intestinal fortitude

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the one person who had the intestinal fortitude to stand up and denounce the injustice of it all you'll need considerable intestinal fortitude to put up with that corporate diva, but the work experience will be worth it
Recent Examples on the Web Published in the summer of 1960, Seuss’s literary tract of gastro-aggression vs. intestinal fortitude became his best-selling book ever. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, "‘Green Eggs and Ham’ showed us how to get along with people we don’t understand," 9 Nov. 2019 Over 80 contestants survived the grueling 14-station obstacle course that tested the competitor’s strength, speed, endurance and intestinal fortitude all in the name of being declared a fitness champion. Emmett Hall,, "Pompano Beach Fitness Race challenges areas top athletes," 18 Sep. 2019 This week demonstrates that even the conservatives who are retiring this year lack the intestinal fortitude to do so. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Toothless trade resolution demonstrates Congress’s unwillingness to check Trump," 12 July 2018 Tripe dressing is the dirty job of making tripe fit for human consumption; perhaps some of that intestinal fortitude has been passed down? Will Hawkes,, "A fearless foodie's foray into the bouchons of Lyon, France," 19 Mar. 2018 But the tests of intestinal fortitude for coach and players didn’t conclude there, and won’t end with a season that must be objectively judged. Harvey Araton, New York Times, "Chris Mullin Preaches the Power of One Day at a Time," 6 Mar. 2018 QB Brett Hundley, Green Bay Packers Now this one will take a lot of intestinal fortitude, but the results could be sweet. Jamal Murphy, USA TODAY, "Fantasy football deep sleepers: Jaguars targeting Marqise Lee, Chris Ivory," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of intestinal fortitude

circa 1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intestinal fortitude

euphemism for guts

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“Intestinal fortitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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