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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
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.
Origin and Etymology of moxie
from Moxie, a trademark for a soft drink
First Known Use: 1930
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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