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Examples of moxie in a Sentence
He showed a lot of moxie in questioning the policy.
it was old-fashioned military moxie that got medical supplies to the disaster site in record time
Recent Examples of moxie from the Web
One can’t help but cheer her on, both for her award and for her moxie.
Holiday boasts a blend of shooting, ball-handling and moxie.
Coming off his best start of the season (six innings, four hits, one run, six whiffs at Texas), Triggs is ensconced in the rotation of a team that is showing moxie and promise.
Kansas bounced back nicely from a late collapse at Oklahoma, showing a bit more moxie than the Jayhawks have in recent weeks.
Marika Mashburn brings endearing moxie as the zookeeper.
Rosen can outplay the other QBs in this class and deliver with his arm and moxie, starting over Sam Bradford from Day 1.
The Irish, whose other two losses this season were to Louisville, carry with them a let’s-run moxie that others lose when lining up with UConn in a bracket.
For 14 minutes Thursday afternoon, before the gaze of some-40 reporters, Barkley mixed moxie with modesty.
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Did You Know?
Hot roasted peanuts! Fresh popcorn! Ice-cold Moxie! You might have heard such a snack vendor's cry at a baseball game-if you attended it in 1924. That was the heyday of the soft drink named Moxie, which some claim outsold Coca-Cola at the height of its popularity. The beverage was a favorite of American writer E. B. White, who wrote, "Moxie contains gentian root, which is the path to the good life. This was known in the second century before Christ and is a boon to me today." By 1930, moxie had become a slang term for nerve and verve, perhaps because some people thought the drink was a tonic that could cure virtually any ill and bring vim back to even the most lethargic individual.
beans, bounce, brio, dash, drive, dynamism, energy, esprit, gas, get-up-and-go, ginger, go, gusto, hardihood, life, oomph, pep, punch, sap, snap, starch, verve, vigor, vim, vinegar, vitality, zing, zip;
debilitation, debility, delicacy, disablement, enfeeblement, faintness, feebleness, frailness, frailty, impotence, impotency, infirmity, powerlessness, puniness, slightness, softness, tenderness, weakness;
MOXIE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of moxie for English Language Learners
: the ability to be active
: courage or determination
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