show one's mettle

Definition of show one's mettle

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

Word by Word Definitions

showplay
  1. :  to cause or permit to be seen :  exhibit

    :  to offer for sale

    :  to present as a public spectacle :  perform

  1. :  a demonstrative display

    :  outward appearance

    :  a false semblance :  pretense

mettleplay
  1. :  vigor and strength of spirit or temperament (see temperament 3b)

    :  staying quality :  stamina

    :  quality of temperament or disposition


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