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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
The big-boned Ohio city built by Eastern European immigrants and Midwestern moxie ripples with new cultural energy,'' the Cleveland entry begins.
As the tough and talented New Yorker, riveting newcomer Chanté Adams is the embodiment of outer-borough moxie.
Self-help books like The 4-Hour Work Week — which posit the possibility of a radically different work-life balance, albeit based on individual moxie rather than social change — have become a popular genre.
Loyola's got the makeup and moxie of a team that can do more than bottom out in the Sweet 16.
THE POWER COUPLE Beyoncé is Houston-bred, but her songs have New York moxie.
But Foles showed moxie and poise during the ensuing drive.
In 1999, a tall, lanky fellow named Tom Brady playing quarterback at Michigan impressed him with his moxie.
Or maybe your Mama had to develop major moxie to hold her own with her mother-in-law.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of moxie
First Known Use: 1930See Words from the same year
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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