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  ( grits    plural & 3rd person present)   ( gritting    present participle)   ( gritted    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-uncount   Grit is very small pieces of stone. It is often put on roads in winter to make them less slippery.  
He felt tiny bits of grit and sand peppering his knees.     
2       n-uncount   If someone has grit, they have the determination and courage to continue doing something even though it is very difficult.  
You've got to admire her grit.     
3       verb   If you grit your teeth, you press your upper and lower teeth tightly together, usually because you are angry about something.  
Gritting my teeth, I did my best to stifle one or two remarks...      V n  
`It is clear that my client has been less than frank with me,' said his lawyer, through gritted teeth.      V-ed  
4    If you grit your teeth, you make up your mind to carry on even if the situation is very difficult.  
grit your teeth      phrase   V inflects  
There is going to be hardship, but we have to grit our teeth and get on with it.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    dust, gravel, pebbles, sand  
2    backbone, balls     (taboo slang)   courage, determination, doggedness, fortitude, gameness, guts     (informal)   hardihood, mettle, nerve, perseverance, pluck, resolution, spirit, tenacity, toughness  
3    clench, gnash, grate, grind  

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