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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
In short, Waters has shown Lackey Ryan what having a spine and moxie looks like.
Four runs in the bottom of the inning followed by six straight LSU outs — -four by Barnhill strikeouts — completed a 5-3 rally that affirmed she and the Gators posses the moxie to make another run at the College World Series.
As the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys from 2006 until injuries forced him from the game a decade later, Romo had the skill, mind and moxie of Aaron Rodgers, but not the feet (or offensive line).
Raccoons, with their five-fingered paws and scrappy brand of moxie, are in a league of their own.
His antique wardrobe import business is successful, and she, through sheer moxie, lands an excellent job as a film documentary producer.
Sally might be characterized as having more moxie than talent, and the non-nightclub characters are just ordinary people, but still, our ears crave more.
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.
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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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