show one's mettle

Definition of show one's mettle

:to show how tough one is
  • He showed his mettle as a fighter tonight.

Word by Word Definitions

show play
  1. : to cause or permit to be seen : exhibit

  2. : to offer for sale

  3. : to present as a public spectacle : perform

  1. : a demonstrative display

  2. : outward appearance

  3. : a false semblance : pretense

mettle play
  1. : vigor and strength of spirit or temperament (see temperament 1a)

  2. : staying quality : stamina

  3. : quality of temperament or disposition


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