that's the spirit

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of that's the spirit

informal
used to express approval of someone's attitude
  • "I know I can do it if I keep trying." "Yeah, that's the spirit!"

Word by Word Definitions

that play
  1. : the person, thing, or idea indicated, mentioned, or understood from the situation

  2. : the time, action, or event specified

  3. : the kind or thing specified as follows

  1. used as a function word to introduce a noun clause that is usually the subject or object of a verb or a predicate nominative

  2. used as a function word to introduce a subordinate clause that is anticipated by the expletive it occurring as subject of the verb

  3. used as a function word to introduce a subordinate clause that is joined as complement to a noun or adjective

  1. : being the person, thing, or idea specified, mentioned, or understood

  2. : being the one specified

  3. : so great a : such

  1. used as a function word to introduce a restrictive relative clause and to serve as a substitute within that clause for the substantive modified by the clause

  2. : at which : in which : on which : by which : with which : to which

  3. : according to what : to the extent of what

  1. : to such an extent

  2. : very, extremely

spirit play
  1. : an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms

  2. : a supernatural being or essence: such as

  3. : holy spirit

  1. : to infuse with spirit

  2. : to carry off usually secretly or mysteriously


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